Since her debut as a soloist alongside Zubin Mehta at the celebration’s concert of the 70th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen of Spain (at the inauguration of the Sony Auditorium of the Reina Sofía School of Music), Ana María Valderrama emerged as one of the most acclaimed Spanish violinists of the moment and a rising star in the European music scene.
She secured the First Prize and the Audience Award at the XI International Violin Competition Pablo Sarasate 2011, becoming the first Spanish violinist to achieve this prestigious accolade. Ana María has also won other significant competitions, including the International Violin Competition of Lisbon (Portugal), International Violin Competition of Novosibirsk (Russia), National Interpretation Competition Intercentros Melómano (Madrid), and the Primer Palau Prize (Barcelona), among others.
Her intensive concert career has taken her to numerous countries, including England, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, Colombia, Jordan, Tunisia, and the United States. Ana María has performed as a soloist with international orchestras such as the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Niederbayerischen Philharmonie, St. Petersburg’s Academic Symphony Orchestra, Novosibirsk Orchestra, Yucatán Symphony Orchestra, Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, Music Festival Orchestra of Lisbon, Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellín, Orchestre Régionale de Cannes, and most Spanish orchestras, including OCNE, BOS, OSCyL, OBC, OSPA, and more. She has collaborated with esteemed conductors, including Philippe Bender, Tadaaki Otaka, Dereck Williams, Antoni Ros Marbâ, Pablo González, Emmanuel Leducq-Barome, Xavier Puig, Salvador Brotons, Alejandro Posada, Peter Csaba, Yuki Kakiuchi, Jordi Bernàcer, Ilych Rivas, Maximiano Valdés, Michel Tabachnik, Michal Nesterowicz, Yaron Traub, David Lockington o Jesús López Cobos, and others.
Ana María is also dedicated to chamber music, having performed at festivals like Open Chamber Music (Prussia Cove), Santander International Festival, Segovia International Festival, Yellow Barn (USA), Cádiz International Spanish Music Festival, Schubertiada de Cantabria, Musika-Música Bilbao, and Tardes de España in St. Petersburg, among others. She forms a stable duo with pianist Luis del Valle, with whom she recorded her first album, “À mon ami Sarasate,” receiving awards such as the Melómano de Oro and Scherzo Exceptional Disc. In 2016, she recorded “Fulgores” by Lorenzo Palomo with the Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra and Jesús López Cobos (Naxos). In 2018, she recorded Joan Manén’s “Concierto Ibérico” with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, conducted by Darrell Ang. Her latest album, “Brahms & Franck” (Eudora Records), recorded with pianist Víctor del Valle, is also receiving critical acclaim and various distinctions.
Ana María Valderrama’s musical journey began with studies under Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volguin at the Reina Sofia College of Music, where she was recognized as the “Most Outstanding Student in the Violin section” by Her Majesty the Queen in 2005 and 2007.
In 2009, she graduated with the highest honors from the Higher School of Music of Catalonia, and in 2012, she completed her Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin with professor Antje Weithaas. In 2014, was awarded with the maximum distinction in the Master Instrumentalsolist at the UDK of Berlin, where she studied with Nora Chastain.