BIO

A native of Lithuania, Valdone Arffa started her piano training at Raseiniai Art School. After being awarded a diploma in B. Dvarionas National Competition for Piano and Strings, she was invited to study at the National M.K.Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius, under the tutelage of Albina Šikšniūtė. After winning the United World College Music Scholarship, she continued her studies in piano and chamber music with Igor Cognolato at the International Chamber Music School of Trio di Trieste, in Duino, Italy. In 2019, Ms. Arffa graduated summa cum laude from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with bachelor’s degrees in Classical Piano Performance and Music Education (with emphasis in choral conducting). She studied with Dr. Ludmila Lazar. Ms. Arffa also holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oberlin College. In the Fall 2020, she is starting her master's degree in Classical Piano performance and Pedagogy at Texas State University, where she will be in the studio of Dr. Jason Kwak. 
Ms. Arffa has earned awards in four Lithuanian national piano competitions and three international competitions in Lithuania, France, and Estonia. She has made her orchestra debut at the age of eleven with the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius. Recently, she received an Honorable Mention and “Best Sonata” Prize at the Cremona International Music Academy and Competition in 2017 in Italy. She was also one of the four finalists at the Aeolian Classics Emerging Artist Competition 2019. Ms. Arffa has given solo and chamber music concerts in Lithuania, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, and the United States. In the summer of 2018, she was accepted and participated in the Orvieto Musica Festival in Italy. Ms. Arffa is an active collaborative pianist. In the fall 2019 she performed in "Rudolph Ganz Festival" in a piano duo with pianist Alyssa Conde. In the summer 2019, she was accepted and participated in the "Source Song" festival in Minneapolis, MN as part of the duo with mezzo-soprano Micah Gleason. Ms. Arffa has also played in masterclasses with several leading pianists including Idil Biret, Asaf Zohar, Hie-Yon Choi, Maurizio Baglini, Gabriel Daubner, Nina Seregina, Valentina Berman, and Muza Rubackyte. She is currently working as a piano instructor and a collaborative pianist and has recently transitioned to Austin, TX.

 

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