Valery Lloyd-Watts began her performing career at the age of 12 when she performed with the Vancouver Youth Orchestra in Vancouver, British Columbia. By age 16 she had performed with the Vancouver Symphony and shortly thereafter left to study at the Conservatory of Music in Toronto as the Eaton Scholar. She also attended the Royal College of Music in London, England as a Foundation Scholar. At 19 she was invited by the BBC to perform the world premiere of the Fricker Toccata for Piano and Orchestra with the Liverpool Philharmonic. She has also been soloist several times with the McGill Chamber Orchestra and presented a solo concert at the 1976 Olympic Games.
Ms. Lloyd-Watts earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin, where she studied with Paul Badura-Skoda. During this time she began her study of the Suzuki approach to early music education, particularly as it applied to piano. She has co-authored the text Studying Suzuki Piano: More Than Music, which was endorsed by Dr. Suzuki and is translated into Japanese and German. Ms. Lloyd-Watts currently resides and teaches in Kingston, Ontario and continues to perform throughout North America.
Hailed as the “world’s most listened-to pianist”, Valery Lloyd-Watts has captivated audiences worldwide with her insightful and emotional performances. Audiences are drawn into an exhilarating and inspiring experience revealing the passion and soul of both the composer and the artist. With an exceptional career as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and educator, Valery Lloyd-Watts imparts into her life’s work the intelligence and passion that has made her a beloved and sought after artist.
Championing the now widely endorsed practice of sharing enlightened commentary during performances, she has educated and inspired innumerable women to be the very best they can be. She often receives feedback from listeners questioning, “Why hasn’t anyone ever told me that about the music before?” It is an expression of regret by those who have just received the length, breadth, and depth of a piece that they have heard a thousand times before Valery Lloyd-Watts has illuminated it for them.
Deeply committed to children, Valery Lloyd-Watts gives complimentary performances to every school in the districts in which she lives. She supports many charities, churches, hospitals, senior’s residences, and philanthropic groups playing benefit concerts on their behalf.
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