Valerie Traficante, pianist

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Valerie Traficante, pianist

Post by Lance » Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:15 pm

Here's a fine pianist few seem to know about. In auditioning some repertoire, I discovered Ihad a couple of her recordings (she's only made two I know of).

1) Vox 7533: Anton Rubinstein: Concert Russe, Op. 102; Piano Concerto #3 in G Major, Op. 45, both with the Rhenish Philharmonic under José Serebrier
2) Carlton Classics 00782: D'Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air in G Major, Op. 25; Fauré: Ballade, Op. 19; Saint-Saens: Piano Concerto #2 in G Minor, Op. 22. All with the Royal Philharmonic Orhcestra led by José Serebrier.

None of this literature is for the faint of heart. What has happened to her? Difficult to find any information on her. Has she stopped playing?

I was able to find out this information:
American pianist Valerie Traficante 'transported you back to the Romantic Salon era,' said The Miami Herald of a recent performance. In May 1992, she performed the Beethoven Choral Fantasy in Miami and her playing was hailed by critics as 'spectacular!' El Nuevo Herald wrote: 'The result was an incredible impact. Traficante possesses an impeccable technique, with the ability to communication her passionate style to the audience.' A recent tour of Canada was highlighted by performances in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, and Banff. Ms. Traficante's broadcast performances included a special documentary for the CBC. Her appearances in the United States include such cities as Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Miami, Bloomington, Indiana, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina performing solo and chamber works. Considered a brilliant interpreter of contemporary music, Valerie Traficante was selected by the composer, Robert Chumbley, to play the premiere performances of his composition, 'Homage to John Keats' (1984), both in Canada and at the Encontros Musicals in Portugal. Her recent festival appearances have included the aforementioned Encontros Musicals, Festival Miami, the Entrecateaux Festival, the Banff Festival of the Fine Arts, and the Tibor Varga Festival. Valerie Traficante received most of her formal training in Europe after being the youngest American, at the age of 16, to be awarded a full scholarship to study under Bernhardt Ebert at Die Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Germany. At a very early age, she began playing the piano by herself and appeared in public at the age of six. It was following her debut performance at the Tibor Varga Festival in Switzerland that Ms. Traficante was invited to tour Europe. She also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and McGill University in Canada. Traficante is also a writer and composer of music especially for films.
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When she started to play, Mr. Steinway came down and personally
rubbed his name off the piano. [Speaking about pianist &*$#@+#]

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