Since her debut as a soloist with conductor Zubin Mehta at the celebration’s concert of the 70th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen of Spain, Ana Maria Valderrama has established herself as one of the most acclaimed Spanish violinist of the time.
Winner of the 1st prize and Special Audience Prize in the XI International Violin Competition Pablo Sarasate 2011, Ana María has become the first spanish violinist in the history to win this prestigious award. Ana María Valderrama has won other important competitions, such as “Lisbon International Violin Competition” (Portugal), “Primer Palau” (Barcelona), “Novosibirsk International Violin Competition” (Rusia), etc.
Ana María has developed an intense concert career performing in countries such as England, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Estonia, Russia, Jordan, Tunisia, Mexico, Colombia, Panama or USA.
She is regularly invited to perform as a soloist with the main Spanish orchestras, as well as with prestigious international orchestras. Her recent and future performances include collaborations with orchestras like Orquesta Nacional de España, L'Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, St. Petersbourg’s Academic Symphony Orchestra, Niederbayerischen Philharmonie, Sinfónica de Medellín and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Tokio), among others, with conductors like Zubin Mehta, Manuel Hernández Silva, Michal Nesterowicz, Tadaaki Otaka, Yarom Traub, Salvador Brotons, Pablo González or Jesús López Cobos.
A dedicated chamber musician, Ana María has studied with Prof. E. Feltz and R. Schmidt and she has played in festivals such as “Open Chamber Music” (Prussia Cove), Festival Internacional de Santander, Festival Internacional de Segovia, “Yellow Barn” (USA), Festival de Música Española de Cádiz, or Festival Internacional de Música de Úbeda or Tardes de España Festival (St. Petersbourg) among others, performing in the major halls of Spain, such as the National Auditorium in Madrid, Palacio de Festivales of Cantabria, the Auditorium of Barcelona, Zaragoza and Valencia, or the“Palau de la Musica Catalana”.
Ana Maria Valderrama studied with professors Zakhar Bron and Yuri Volguin at the “Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía”, where her Majesty the Queen honored Ana Maria with the distinction as “Most Outstanding Student in the Violin section” in the years 2005 and 2007. She completed her Master studies at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin with professor Antje Weithaas. Afterwards, she was awarded with the maximum distinction in the Master Instrumentalsolist at the UDK of Berlin, where she studied with Nora Chastain.
She has also attended lectures given by A. Chumachenco, G. Schulz, M. Fuks, M. Zweig, F. Andrievsky, W. Levin, R. Gothoni, R. Barshai, I. Ozim, M. Pressler, S. Isserlis and L. Kavakos.
Ana María’s discography, which has received excellent reviews and awards, includes “À Mon Ami Sarasate”, an homage to the Spanish composer and virtuoso Pablo Sarasate recorded with pianist Luis del Valle; “Brahms and Franck”, recorded with pianist Víctor del Valle; and two albums with Naxos Records, one with the OSCyL Orchestra conducted by J. López Cobos and with guitarist R. Aguirre, and the other with the OBC Orchestra conducted by D. Ang.
Since 2013 she is a violin professor at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid.