"Valentina Tóth throws new light on the music, and the listener truly enjoys all the variations in colour and her excellent toucher."
Valentina Tóth (1994, Leeuwarden) studied at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Ellen Corver and at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, where she obtained her Piano Bachelor 'cum laude'. Today she follows the master curriculum at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels with Jan Michiels. Next to her musical studies, she studies acting at the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound, also in Brussels.
Valentina won a first prize at the Chamber Music Competition in Hoorn, together with the Menotti Trio. She is also a member of the Volkmann Trio, together with Coraline Groen (violin) and Bente Vermeil ('cello). In 2015 the Volkmann Trio received the Chamber Music Prize of the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In the same year, the Dutch Embassy in Lithuania invited the Volkmann Trio for a concert in the National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius.
Valentina performed as a soloist with the Fries Symphony Orchestra, the Haydn Youth String Orchestra, the Fries Youth Orchestra, the North Philharmonic and the National Youth Orchestra. From her 12th year onwards, she gave concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England, Italy, Greece, Austria, Lithuania and the USA. In her 15th year she performed in Carnegie Hall, New York. In the same year she played on live TV for Menahem Pressler during the Edison Classical Gala 2009. In 2015 she gave a lunch concert in an entirely sold-out Small Hall of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and gave a solo recital during the Effie Awards in the Big Hall of the Concertgebouw.
In 2012, Challenge Classics issued her CD 'Hungarian Horizon' with works by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, a debut which was received very positively in various countries. 'Hungarian Horizon' was chosen as CD of the month May 2013 by Opus Klassiek. Also this CD won a Diapason d'Or. Over the last years Valentina Tóth received quite some prizes, like the 1st and Grand Prix of the Damwoude Piano Competition; the 1st prize, and audience prize, of the National Princess Christina Competition in The Hague; and the 1st prize of the Stockholm International Music Competition. Also she was finalist at the Steinway Competition and YPF Piano Competition where she performed together with the EnAccord String Quartet.
In 2011 Dutch TV programme BNN made a documentary about Valentina when she gave a concert at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. From 2015 onwards, she was the regular pianist at the TV programme 'De Tiende van Tijl' which will continue to feature her. In 2015 Valentina figured in the music theatre production 'Voor Elise' by Tomoko Mukaiyama, and created the music theatre production 'Vooralsnog Onvoorwaardelijk', a commission by the Princess Christina Competition, in which she also performed herself. This last production was performed in all finals of the Princess Christina Competition in 2016. In that same year Valentina also created the music theatre production 'Prélude de la Mort de Monsieur Mouche', commissioned by Kunstklank, in which she performed as well. In 2017 she will be seen in 'Nachtasiel', a co-production by the Théâtre National and the Theater Antigone.