Lada Valesova

Lada is an opera coach specialising in Czech and Russian repertoire, a pianist, a recording artist and burgeoning conductor as well as a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

She has won prizes including two awards at the International Smetana Piano Competition and the Alexander Wise Memorial Prize for the best performance of romantic music. Significant teachers, supporters and influences on her pianistic style have been Valentina Kamenikova and Eugene Indjic (pupil of Arthur Rubinstein), James Gibb and Paul Hamburger, Georg Solti and Charles Mackerras.

As a busy concert artist and collaborative pianist she has given recitals throughout Europe and in New Zealand, at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Dvořák Hall in Prague and the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw, and her performance of Le Carnaval des Animaux by Saint-Saëns with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra led to a collaboration on a recording.

Her debut CD recording of Czech piano music, Intimate Studies (Avie), has been praised for the intelligence of her programming and the sensitivity and refinement of her playing. She followed this with a second solo disc, Dumka, and most recently devised and curated the album Fata Morgana, Songs by Pavel Haas (Resonus Classics), featuring vocal music by this neglected Czech Jewish composer. Released in March 2017 it was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine award in 2018 and won the title CD of the Year 2017, awarded by Europadisc.

Lada has featured frequently on radio broadcasts and also appeared in the award-winning television documentary In Search of Mozart, directed by Phil Grabsky, which marked the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.

In her addition to her teaching at the Guildhall, she is an opera role coach at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a guest coach with the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme, at the National Opera Studio and has coached at the Royal Opera, Glyndebourne, Garsington, Holland Park, Grange Park, Scottish Opera, Kungliga Operan Stockholm, Hamburgische Staatsoper and Den Norske Opera in Oslo. She has coached singers in individual roles including Willard White as Ebn-Hakia in Iolanta, Roderick Williams as Yevgeny Onegin, Natalya Romaniw as Tatyana and Jenůfa, Susan Bullock as Kostelnička, Angela Gheorghiu as Lisa in The Queen of Spades, Nicky Spence in Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Disappearedand as Janek in The Makropulos Case.

Her collaboration as pianist with the director Ivo van Hove has resulted in an immersive and highly innovative experience, playing for his critically acclaimed production of The Diary of One Who Disappeared, on an international tour which continues in the season 2018-2019 with appearances at the Janáček Festival in Brno, at the Beijing International Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Since July 2017 she has been pursuing her interest in conducting, taking lessons with Sian Edwards, Alice Farnham, Frank Zielhorst and Miriam Němcová.

This autumn Lada has been invited to participate as one of the twelve active participants in the new pioneering pilot conducting course “Women Conductors for Opera” organised by the Royal Philharmonic Society, Royal Opera House and the National Opera Studio in London working with Sian Edwards, Jessica Cottis, Jane Glover, Alice Farnham, Mark Shanahan, Claire Gibault and Natalie Murray Beale.

She was an active participant in the LEADconductors course in Holland, working with Arjan Tien on symphonic repertoire and with Geert-Jan van Beijeren on choral repertoire.

Also this autumn she was an active participant in the conducting course “Opera Accompaniment” in Moscow directed and taught by Maestro Vladimir Ponkin.