Valentina was born in Pietrasanta (Lucca - Italy), to a German mother and Italian father. Initially a pianist, she started to play double bass in late 2009, graduating with Honours from the “Istituto Musicale L. Boccherini” in Lucca in October 2014. She then gained her Master of Performance (Honours) at the Royal College of Music in July 2016 and continued further studies under the guidance of Leon Bosch at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she was the recipient scholarships from Trinity College London and the Leverhulme Trust. In 2018/19, she was awarded Trinity Laban’s Carne Trust Junior Fellowship for an Individual.

Valentina also focused her attention on composition, graduating in March 2014 with Honours. Valentina has won several awards and 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. Valentina also won a place with a scholarship in the Accademia Chigiana for summer 2018 with Maestro Giuseppe Ettorre. She was finalist in important national and international competitions such as the “Migliori Diplomati D’Italia” (best young Italian music graduate) 2015 and “Double bass international competition Galicia Garcia Graves. She was selected with other 16 young double bass players around the world to perform in the live final rounds at the worldwide double bass solo competition granted by “Bradetich Foundation” in Denton, Texas, at the end of august 2017. Valentina also won several orchestral auditions such as Gustav Mahler Academy 2016 and BBC SO training scheme. She recently won the Artist in Residence at the BANFF, Alberta (Canada) that has hosted her from 15th till 28th September 2019. She gave solo performance with “I solisti veneti” with Maestro Claudio Scimone and she won the prestigious scholarship granted by this Academy (Proliber). She has performed as a soloist in the prestigious London concert halls Wigmore Hall and St. Martin in the Field and has been invited to the pre- opening of the Zappanale 2018 in St.Katharinen Kirche (Hamburg) with her Trio featuring the Worldwide saxophone virtuoso Napoleon Murphy Brock.

Currently, Valentina is a young artist of Talent Unlimited and she lives and works in London. She won a scholarship from associazione Animando in Lucca for a research project investigating the music of Giacomo Puccini’s ancestors and her work has been published for the Japanese Press Da Vinci. She will debut her first solo album, Music from the Sphinx, in November 2019 with a brand new repertoire, most of it developed in the Trinity Laban Junior Fellowship research year. Valentina's work is focused to expand the double bass solo repertoire composing new virtuoso pieces, transcribing mostly Frank Zappa’s Repertoire and playing new composition written for her from many contemporary composers.

Valentina also has a wide Jazz experience playing in important Jazz Festival such as Dusseldorf Jazz Marathon, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival, Tuscia Jazz, Umbria Jazz Clinics and she got to final in competition such as Tuscia Jazz as Best double bass and electric bass player and Nicola Tiberio Awards in 2012. She plays a 2014 Scipioni Bass made in Mantua.

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Music from the Sphinx is a humorous reaction to this famous quote from Arturo Toscanini: “I will die before getting to understand women and the intonation of the double basses.” As a woman and a double bassist, that must make me doubly difficult to understand! I must indeed be a sphinx. My musical journey has been to arrange, adapt and bring to life a range of repertoire that responds to Toscanini by turning the unknowable into the approachable. So what does a sphinx sound like? ---October 2019 coming soon! Available on digital platforms and stores!

OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: 20th September 2019


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Repertoire - in pdf:

Main Solo Repertoire

Concerto in mi Maggiore - C.Ditters von Dittersdorf

Concerto in Do Maggiore - D.Dragonetti

Concerto in Re Maggiore N 15 - J.M.Sperger

Concerto in Fa# Minore - S.Koussevitskij

Concerto in Si minore N 2 - G.Bottesini

Nel cor Più non mi sento - G.Bottesini

Fantasia sui temi della Sonnambula

Elegia in Re


Grande allegro di concerto Alla Mendelssohn

Lamento della Ghisa

Mosè - N.Paganini

Little Umbrellas - F.Zappa

Absolutely Free

Music for Electric Violin and Low Budjet Orchestra

King Kong

Zomby Woof

Blessed Relief

What is the ugliest Part of Your Body?

Florentine Pogen

Echidna’s Arf

Peaches en Regalia

Dirty Love

Baby Snakes

Cletus Awreetus Awrightus

Beauty knows no pain

G-Spot Tornado

Jesus thinks you’re a jerk


Eat That Question

Inca Roads

Intermezzo & Tarantella - R. Glierè

Overture Opera “La Traviata” - G.Verdi

Bella figlia dell’amore

Ave Verum Corpus! - W.A.Mozart

Laudate Dominum

Lacrimosa From requiem

De vieni alla finestra

Tutto Cangia il ciel s’abbella - G.Rossini


Etude Asthmatique

Fantasia su “La Folia” - S.Rachmaninov


Questo Amor, vergogna mia from Opera "Edgar" - G.Puccini

Fermo, che fai? from Opera “Turandot”

Agnus dei From “messa in do maggiore”

O mio Babbino Caro

Piccolo Waltzer

Coro Muto from opera “Madama Butterfly”

E Soffitto, e Pareti ..un viaggio in madama Butterfly - V.S.Ciardelli/G.Puccini

Sole e Amore

Intermezzo from opera “Cavalleria Rusticana” - P.Mascagni

Sonata in A minor. “Arpeggione” - F.Schubert

Rose of June

Firebird Suite for Double bass and Piano - V.S.Ciardelli/ I.Stravinskij

Aria - H.Purcell

Jesus Meine Freude, Chorale 147 - J.S.Bach

Gamba Sonata 1028 in D major

Suite N°1 For cello solo in G Major

Intermezzo! Intermezzo “Goyescas” - E.Granados

Madrigales in F

Danza Andalusa N°5

Sonata N°12 - E.Eccles

Ninna nanna..mi raccomando! - V.S.Ciardelli



Sonata per Contrabbasso e Pianoforte N 1

“La sui monti dell’est”...Fantasia su Turandot

Haiku journey - J.Alexander

Chroma Zones

Spiegel im Spiegel - A.Paart

Aus Stille! - V.Veroni

Ave Maria! - A.Piazzolla

Le Grand tango


Roby My Dear - T.Monk

Polovetsan Dances N°1 - A.Borodin

The Little Horse - A.Copland

Zion’s Walls

Aria Pagenlied - F.Mendelssohn

Chamber Repertoire:

Granduo Concertante per Violino e Contrabbasso - G.Bottesini

Granduo Concertante per Clarinetto in La e Contrabbasso

Due Duetti per soprano e contrabbasso

Passione Amorosa per due contrabbassi

Gran Duetto N 3

Duetto for cello and doublebass - G.Rossini

Duetto for viola and doublebass - J.M.Sperger

Duetto for Viola and Violone - K.D. von Dittersdorf

!Duetto for Cello and Doublebass - D. Dragonetti

Grand Sextet - M.Glinka

Quintett “The Trout” - F.Schubert

Octet in F major

Quintet - S.Prokovief

Histoire du Soldat - I.Stravinskij

Six Sonate a Quattro - G.Rossini

Three String Quintets - L.Boccherini

Quartets - A. Hoffmeister

Piano Sextet - F.Mendelssohn

!Piano Quintet in C minor - V.Williams

!Septet in E Flat Major - L.Van Beethoven

Octet - P. Hindemith

Serenade in B flat Major - W.A.Mozart


Marche Royale - I. Stravinskij
Arpeggione Sonata, I movement - F. Schubert
Danse du Diable - I. Stravinskij
Echidna's arf of you - F. Zappa
Gestillte Sehnsucht- J. Brahms
Zwei Gesänge, Op.91- I Gestillte Sehnsucht - J. Brahms


6th January 2020, 5.30 pm

Villa Bertrelli, Forte dei marmi - Music from the Sphinx

17th January 2020

Quintet for piano and strings for the Martha Argerich Project Festival of Lugano (UK premiere)

St. James in Piccadilly Church, London

24th November 2019, 6.00 pm

Villa Bertrelli, Forte dei Marmi

23rd November 2019

The Girls in The Magnesium Dress

Cuneo Museo Dell’arpa SALVI

13th November 2019


Peacock Room 18.00, King Charles Court, Trinity Laban, Old Naval College

12th November 2019, 7.30 - 8.30 pm

“Music from The Sphinx” preview concert

Fidelio Cafe, 91-95 Clerkenwell Road, London - details:

28th October 2019, 7.30 - 8.30 pm

“The Girls in The Magnesium dress” from Schubert to Zappa

Fidelio Cafe, 91-95 Clerkenwell Road, London - details:

25th October 2019, 1.00 pm

Charlton House: - details:

15th-18th September 2019

Banff Musicians in Residence

Banff, Alberta, Canada - details:

18th-23rd August 2019

Masterclass “Double bass in the 21st Century”

Firenze inArte, Firenze (IT) for details:

18th August 2019, 9 pm

Inventionis Mater Trio feat NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK

Lucca Caffè delle Mura, Piazzale Vittorio Emanuele II, 2, Lucca LU, Italy

16th August 2019, 6 pm

Villa La Versiliana, Marina di Pietrasanta (LU) Italy, La Foce, Italy

21st July 2019, 9 pm

With Camerata Strumentale Pratese, conductor Jonathan Webb

Incontri in Terra di Siena, La Foce, Italy

22nd June 2019, 8 pm

Koussevitskij concerto with LCO

St Micheal & All Angels Church, Bath Road W41TT - info:

4th June 2019, 1.05 pm

The girls in The Magnesium Dress recital

Old Naval Chapel Greenwich, London


Piano Duo:

Valentina Ciardelli: Double bass

Alessandro Viale/ Stefano Teani: Piano

Duo Stoevskij:

Valentina Ciardelli: Double bass

Ignazio Alayza: Viola

The Girls in The Magnesium Dress:

Valentina Ciardelli: Double bass

Anna Astesano: Harp

The Untouchables:

Valentina Ciardelli: Double bass

Benjamin Boo: vibraphone

Piano Trio:

Valentina Ciardelli: Double bass

Rebecca Raimondi: Violin

Alessandro Viale: Piano

Piano Trio:

Valentina Ciardelli: Double bass

Veronica Granatiero: Soprano

Stefano Teani: Piano

Cello Duo:

Valentina Ciardelli: Double bass

Helena Švigelj: Cello


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