London's Trinity Laban Appoints New Professor of Strings
Double bassist and Trinity Laban alumna, Valentina Ciardelli will step into the role
Composer, double bassist, performer, and visual artist Valentina Ciardelli is the newest appointment to a professorial role at London's Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Originally a pianist, Ciardelli came to the double bass at the age of 20 and began to study the instrument at the Istituto Musicale L. Boccherini in Lucca, Italy. She then undertook further study at the Royal College of Music and at Trinity Laban, with Leon Bosch. On completion of her course, she was awarded the Conservatoire's Carne Trust Junior Fellowship.
She is the recipient of a number of prizes, including first prize in the RCM Double Bass Competition 2016, the Vernon Elliot Double Bass Competition 2018, the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition 2018, String Category, and the De Simone and Partners prize in the Chamber Music Festival in Rome.
Ciardelli has also been a finalist in competitions such as the Migliori Diplomati D’Italia 2015 and Galicia Garcia Graves double bass competition, as well as the Bradetich Foundation competition in Texas.
A past member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Ciardelli was also an Artist in Residence at Canada's Banff Centre in 2019.