There are few singers like Lidia Valenta. Her music blends many genres, breaking down the boundaries of what can be easily defined as classic, pop, jazz, or blues. Her distinct, high- recognition voice is silky and sensuous. It has an intimate quality to it, and in her soft tones she evokes a calm, yet passionate strength. Her career has been an international one. Ms Valenta’s music does not stay in one place, and nor does she. She is always on the move, eager to explore art forms, innovate musically, pursue project after project with vigorous enthusiasm and originality. Her artistic career must be appreciated as an ever-evolving and beautiful mosaic. To understand it, however, one must look to her beginning.
Lidia Valenta was born in Brest, and while she spent some of her childhood in Prague, was largely raised internationally. Since she was a young child, she has had a intimate relationship with music. Beginning at an early age, she has received training from her mother, People’s Artist of Russia Lidia Nebaba, who founded the Theater of Russian Art Song in Moscow. At age six, Ms Valenta won her first competition as a singer and songwriter. Before she had even entered her student years at the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, where she received a degree in English and Russian literature, she was touring with chamber choirs and a folk music band, making appearances on TV and radio. During this period in her life, she was also traveling frequently to Moscow to take music classes.
By the time Ms Valenta had reached adulthood and settled in Dresden, she was traveling extensively as a successful professional singer and songwriter, playing major concert halls in Rome, Zurich, Berlin, Moscow, and many other cities. Her music draws influence from some of the greatest vocalists of our time, such as Pyotr Leshchenko, Edith Piaf, Liza Minnelli, Sting, George Michael, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald and Bryan Ferry.
Her masterful, emotive voice grabbed the attention of famed Russian radio and TV present Svetlana Galagan, who then introduced her to Russian culture critic Artem Warhaftig. Of her voice, Warhaftig said it was, “heavenly, something not of this Earth, instantly enchants the audience with its crystal clarity.” Ms Valenta was soon featured and interviewed on The Stars of Moscow program on the radio station Voice of Russia. Her voice was also admired by the great Sir Peter Ustinov.
Today, Ms Valenta’s career is very active. She is constantly singing, writing music and lyrics, and collaborating with Russian poets. She frequently works with internationally prominent musicians and music producers to create original songs.
Meanwhile, Ms Valenta has also created and launched her first porcelain collection. To do so she has collaborated with Dresdner Porzellan—one of Germany’s oldest porcelain factories—and Holger John, the famous German artist. The art vases evoke the classical porcelain form, while injecting a refreshing modernist sensibility. With her exhibitions in Dresden and the Frankfurt International Trade Fair being major commercial and critical successes, garnering her much media acclaim, she is now looking to take her high-quality, provocative art to the global level.
Her porcelain art and music reflects who she is in life: a soulful visionary, sincere and optimistic, unafraid to shatter cliches and find melodious harmony in the most unexpected of places.