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First Prize
Valeria Curti, Bassoon
Switzerland

Valeria Curti has been associate principal bassoonist at the Musikkollegium Winterthur

since the 2018/19 season, is a founder member of the Trio Lusinea ensemble and

studies in the class of Prof. Sergio Azzolini, in Basel.

Valeria Curti began her musical education in 2004 at the Musikschule Brugg, where she

was first taught bassoon by Patrik Lüscher. At the age of fourteen she was accepted as a

young student at the Zurich University of the Arts with Prof. Matthias Racz. After

completing her Bachelor's degree with distinction, she continued her studies at the

Mozarteum University in Salzburg in the class of Prof. Marco Postinghel, where she

obtained the title "Master of Arts" in June 2019 with the highest grade. Valeria

Curti received further impulses that shaped her musical personality today from bassoonist

Prof. Daniele Galaverna.

As an orchestral musician, Valeria Curti is regularly active in Switzerland and abroad,

which has already taken her to renowned festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele and

the Lucerne Festival. She was a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Orchestra Academy

(2014/15), the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (2018) and played as a project member of

the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Orchestra

della Svizzera Italiana and as principal bassoonist in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in

London, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the City of

Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Valeria Curti also devotes her time and exercises a great commitment to chamber music.

Chamber music concerts have taken her to Japan, France, Italy and Austria. She currently

performs regularly with the Trio Lusinea, in the extraordinary formation of flute, bassoon

and harp.

Valeria Curtis' solo successes include winning the first prize and the special prize for the

best interpretation of a piece at the IDRS Young Artist Competition 2015 in Tokyo. Valeria

was a scholarship recipient of the Ruth and Ernst Burkhalter Foundation, the Friedl Wald

Foundation (2013) and she won the study prize of the Migros Kulturprozent (2017)