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Valerie Kampmeier Santa Monica, California
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Name:   Valerie Kampmeier
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An accomplished, inspirational and versatile piano teacher specializing in musicianship, improvisation and creative coaching. She has considerable expertise as an ensemble coach, particularly with singer/piano duos. Fluent in French and German (some Italian also). She synthesizes her rigorous academic training with creative insight, acknowledging the social and emotional needs of the students as well as the academic and musical. She encourages students to develop a flexible and healthy physical approach to the piano and an imaginative and dedicated attitude to music making -- be it improvisation or music of the Masters.

Education: 1984-86 Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Advanced Studies/Piano) 1981-84 University of London, Royal Holloway College Bachelor of Music (Hons) London (Upper 2nd)

Masterclasses: Official Pianist for classes with Galina Vishnevskaya,Ileana Cotrubas, Thomas Hampson, William Christie, and Barbara Bonney.

Piano recitals: Extensively throughout Britain and Europe including:

Song Recitals: Purcell Room, South Bank, London St Martin in the Fields, St John's Smith Square, London Brighton Pavilion, Dublin Castle, Pump Room, Bath Festival de Paunat, Dordogne (Patricia Rozario) Antwerp, Paris, Cologne, Helsingborg (Sweden)

Solo piano: Mozart Piano Concerti K271, K414, K449 (City Chamber Ensemble/ Gammie, London)

Coaching work (examples): 1997 Pianist, coach and assistant conductor, Glyndebourne for new opera, "Misper" by John Lunn. Rehearsed and directed professional soloists and groups of up to seventy young people in acclaimed première 1996 Pianist and coach at the Académie Internationale d'été, Nice, France. Worked alongside international voice teacher Noelle Barker and coached singers in French. 1995 Pianist and conductor, Opera Circus artistic residency in Portugal for McKinsey. Devised, rehearsed and conducted groups of up to eighty management consultants in a series of shows resulting from three-day intensive workshops. 1990-1996 Freelance repetiteur for Mecklenburgh Opera, London. Premières of contemporary works by British and European composers. Performed in two BBC films of music by the composers of Terezin.

Other coaching work: European Center of Opera and Vocal Art, Ghent, Belgium. European Audition Orientation Seminar, Bayreuth, Germany. Centre de la Voix, Paris, France. Guildhall Opera Department

Recent Academic Positions: Sep-Nov 2002 Interim Music Director, Chadwick School, Palos Verdes, CA 2000 - 2002 Lecturer: Bachelor of Music degree programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. 1987--2002 Head of Lower School and teacher in the Junior Department of G.S.M.D. Conductor of Junior and Chamber Choirs.

Rates: Sixty dollars per hour for piano instruction in the West Los Angeles area.


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