In spite of his young age, Peter Valentovič has achieved a lot of success at the world’s opera houses and concert halls, especially as a conductor but also as a pianist accompanying singers’ recitals.
Last month he conducted the Prague State Opera Orchestra and Choir during a month-long tour of Japan, where Edita Gruberová excelled in the title role of Bellini’s Norma, and their common solo performances and song recitals were also successful.
This is what Edita Gruberová said about Peter Valentovič in an interview for Operaslovakia.sk on 1 August 2016:
“I liked him immediately, so I approached him and our cooperation began to develop from there. In the beginning I gave him Schubert’s songs and he played them with a lot of feeling. I felt as if we had been rehearsing them for years. He was very sensitive and responded immediately to my singing, felt my phrases, the composition’s contents, changes in tempo, dynamic structure, etc. He sight-read everything with no preparation and he played not only the notes but also the music and stories of the songs. Then I thought I could test him playing Strauss, whose music is more complicated, and he didn’t disappoint me. I was more than satisfied. He is a great sight-reader and improviser. He’s excellent!”
As a very young pianist, Peter Valentovič won several national piano competitions. He soon began to pursue a career in music as a solo pianist. He studied conducting with Leopold Hager at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and with Zsolt Nagy at Conservatoire National Superiéur in Paris.
At the age of twenty-one he conducted his first opera, The Marriage of Figaro, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he later conducted Don Pasquale, Die Kluge and The Cunning Little Vixen. While studying in Vienna he won a Viktor Bunzl scholarship for his outstanding artistic talent.
In 2003 he worked as a répétiteur for Paris opera houses, Opéra Bastille and Théâtre du Chatelet, where he cooperated with John Elliot Gardiner. As Zsolt Nagy’s assistant he conducted the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra at the contemporary music festival, Ostrava Days.
Peter Valentovič has also worked as a choirmaster and conductor in residence at the Cape Town Opera, South Africa, where he extended his repertoire by the operas Nabucco, Cavalleria rusticana, Gianni Schicchi, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rusalka and Porgy and Bess, as well as by many symphonic works and oratorios.
After that he took the post of conductor in residence at the Istanbul State Opera. In 2004 he first conducted the Slovak Philharmonic and continued working with that orchestra, rehearsing, for example, Verdi’s Requiem. Peter Valentovič regularly performs as a guest at the Slovak National Theatre and at the State Opera in Košice.
His repertoire comprises many symphonic works and oratorios across the Italian opera (such as Don Pasquale, La Rondine, The Capulet’s and the Montagues, Aida, La Traviata) and famous German works, such as Fidelio, The Flying Dutchman and Strauss’s operas Elektra and Salome. Peter Valentovič has also cooperated with SWR Freiburg, the National Orchestra of Wales, Haydn Orchestra, Toscanini Orchestra, Malmö Opera Orchestra and Norrlandsoperan Orchestra.
In 2012 he managed the rehearsals of Janáček’s opera From the House of the Dead, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. In September 2013 his Vienna debut as a conductor took place at Edita Gruberová’s concert at the Theater an der Wien.
With Edita Gruberová he also debuted as a conductor at the Theater an der Wien with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at her concert in 2013. During the 2014/2015 season he worked with soprano Pretty Yende at the Wiener Konzerthaus, where he conducted the Prague Philharmonia. In the same season he introduced himself to the audience in Bratislava at the opening concert of the zeroth Eurokontext International Theatre Festival, where he conducted Ľubica Čekovská’s opera Dorian Gray. Other operas that have been performed under his baton include La bohème, Rigoletto, La clemenza di Tito and the ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.
During the 2015/2016 season he rehearsed Bellini’s Norma at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Lehár’s operetta The Land of Smiles at the Slovak National Theatre.
In March 2017, Peter Valentovič made his successful as the accompanist of the opera legend, Edita Gruberová, on the world’s leading stages within a few day: at La Scala in Milan on 20th March and then at the Vienna State Opera on 24th March.
Future engagements will lead him to Slovakia, Hungary, Japan and to the Czech Republic.
Edita Gruberová and Peter Valentovič – Prague Proms 2016 – Bedřich Smetana: The Kiss – Barče´s Scene