Valentina Bellanova was born in Florence, Italy, where she later studied musicology and recorder. She then furthered her instrumental studies in Germany at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover, where she obtained her Soloist’s Diploma. She moved to Berlin at the beginning of 2014.
She has been very involved with classical Turkish and Arab music for several years now, also studying their respective aesthetics and theories. She plays both the Turkish and the Arabic Ney and regularly performs these instruments in various music and theatre projects (for example as soloist in the National Theatre Thuringia, in the NDR Radio Station in Hanover, in the Kulturforum in Frankfurt (Oder), in the Komische Oper Berlin, in the Philarmonie Berlin, in the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in the Elbphilarmonie Hamburg, in HAU Theater Berlin, Hamburg Kampnagel, in Staattheater Braunschweig etc.) and with various ensembles like: Berlin Oriental Group, Babylon Orchestra, Husam Al Ali Ensemble, Almar’a: the Arab and Mediterranean Women Orchestra, Nawa Ensemble Berlin, Concerto Foscari (international Ensemble for early music), Ensemble Pera, Farmagia, Syriab etc.
Recentely she’s been developing her personal music performance, called “Wind und Trommel” (wind and drums) In this program, the diverse possibilities of the flutes, the neys and other wind instruments (such as duduk, hulusi, whistles, bagpipes and many others) are unfolded in connection with loops, effect pedals and percussion.
Her teachers of Ney and modal music include Ross Daly, Ömer Erdogdular, Kudsi Erguner, whereas she studied the recorder and Early Music with David Bellugi, Federico Maria Sardelli and Ulrich Thieme.
In addition to working as a freelance musician, she teaches Ney at the BTMK (Berlin Conservatoire of Turkish Music) and recorder at the SOS-Kinderdorf.
She is also involved in research and publishing. For instance, she issued the first edition of Concertos for Recorder by the Neapolitan composer Nicola Fiorenza (published by Girolamo).