Valentina was born in Ukraine, she studied music at the Kiev specialist music school, and in the State Tchaikovsky Concervatoire. Valentina has studied with prof. Irog Ryabov and prof. Valery Kozlov (head of jury of Horowitz Debut piano competition). She graduated with MA(Hon) in piano.
Valentina began her career as concertmaster and later as a piano tutor at Kiev Glier Music College (currently the Music Institute), home of the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition. She was also Head of piano practice at the College Piano Department, and lectured in history of piano performance styles.
Valentina is an inspirational and dedicated teacher, her students have been selected, taken part, and received prizes in a number of regional and international piano competitions, such as; the International Gorowitz Piano Competition, “Concertino Prague” Junior Radio Competition, Athens’ Piano Festival and the M. Lysenko International Piano Competition in Kiev, Ukraine.
She was a member of the Association of Piano Teachers of Ukraine (Ukrainian branch of EPTA) and the Kiev Piano Methodical Board. She has also acted as judge for several piano competitions. In 1996 Valentina was invited to teach piano at the Music Institute in Kwangu, South Korea.
Valentina has given many piano recitals in Ukraine, South Korea, and Italy, as well as here in Sheffield. Since moving to Sheffield she has provided piano master-classes at the Lindsays and Friends Series and Sheffield Piano Club. Valentina is currently teaching piano at Sheffield University to undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students, as well as at Sheffield Music Academy and Tapton School.