Valentina Paetsch


Valentina Serena Paetsch was born in 1998 to a family of musicians in Lugano, Switzerland.

From 2014 to 2017 she studied at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich in the violin class of Prof. Philip Draganov, initially in the "Talented Programm for Children" and later at the local Pre-College. In October of 2017 she started a bachelor's degree majoring in violin performance at the Berlin University of the Arts in the class of Prof. Nora Chastain.


The young violinist is the winner of several awards in the final of the Swiss Youth Music Competition (SJMW) in the categories violin solo, duo violin and piano as well as piano trio. In 2012 she was also a prizewinner at the "International Youth Music Festival" in Vienna, received the 1st prize in the "Torneo Internazionale di Musica" competition in Como (Italy) and in 2014 she was awarded the Special Prize from the SUISA Foundation as a member of the Sumire Piano Trio.


Since 2008/2009 she has successfully participated in numerous master classes with professors such as Coosje Wijzenbeek, Igor Ozim, Valery Gradov, Marco Rizzi, Klaidi Sahatci, Emile Cantor, Nora Chastain, Mark Gothoni and Elina Vähälä. a. at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum, at Youth Classics in Rheinau (Switzerland) and at Music without borders in Balassagyarmat (Hungary).


Already as a 4-year-old, she appeared as a soloist with the Corelli ensemble of her hometown. Since 2001 she regularly gives concerts - including benefit concerts - as a soloist and as a member of string quartets in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and the USA. In 2007 she was invited as a soloist to Rauma Festivo in Finland. In summer 2016 she was invited to the Savonlinna Music Academy & Festival in Finland and to the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades (France) for various appearances with the Verdelis String Quartet. In 2015 she appeared as a soloist at the Music Alps Seongnam Festival in Korea and in 2016 with the chamber orchestra of the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich in the Tonhalle Zurich at a concert for the Swiss Post as well as at further concerts.


Valentina Serena Paetsch is a member of the ENSEMBLES ESPERANZA, which consists of scholarship holders of the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein.


She is a grant winner of the Mozart Society Zurich and received scholarships from the LYRA Foundation in Zurich, the VOLKART Foundation in Zürich and the Felix Leemann Foundation Foundation in Lugano.

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