Valentin Surif, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been actively performing in solo and
chamber music recitals, as well as a soloist in Symphonic concerts under conductors like Enrique Bátiz, Enrique Barrios, Juan Carlos Zorzi, Eduardo Carrizosa,Julián Blanco, Carlos Vieu, Germán Cáceres, etc.
He was a disciple of Alicia de Larrocha, Tino Rossetti, Celia Bronstein,Carlo Zecchi, Aimée van der Wiele, Antonio Iglesias, Sergio Lorenzi, Earl Wild and Roberto Caamaño.
Valentín Surif is regularly invited to perform for the musical
seasons of the Argentine Association of Composers, Internacional Encounters of
Contemporary Music,Festival of the Americas, Trimalca, Liszt Festival, Chopin
He participated in Taormina Festival (Italy), Music in Santiago de
Compostela(Spain),Festival for Peace(El Salvador), Festival” A Tempo”
(Venezuela), Argentine Festival in Fort Lauderdale (USA), Piano Festival of
Bucaramanga (Colombia), Eisteddfod(South Africa), Chopin Festival (Argentina)and
invited by Carlo Zecchi to Salzburg Festival among others.
He also offered concerts in the USA, Honduras, Guatemala , Portugal,
Nigeria Tunisia, Brazil, Spain, France and Mexico as part of the activities of
the Cultural Department of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He was invited to perform as a soloist with the Philarmonic Orchestra
of Buenos Aires on the occasion of the 75º anniversary of the creation of the
Argentine Association of Composers. He was awarded the 1995 Great Prize to the
best classical interpreter by SADAIC(Argentine Society of Composers).
The Franz Liszt Hommage Commmittee chose him for the Liszt recital of
the occasion of the 100º anniversary of the composer’s death at the Colón
Theatre of Buenos Aires , where he became one of its frequent soloists.
As a soloist he performed with the National Symphonic Orchestra,
Philarmonic Orchestra from Bogotá, National Symphonic Orchestra from El
Salvador, Symphonic of Aguas Calientes in Mexico, etc.
He was awarded scholarships for further studies by the British Council, Mozarteum in Argentina, Music in Compostela, and was appointed honorary member of the committee of CAMU (Argentine Council of Music), and obtained awards by the National Fund for the
Arts, SADAIC, National Academy of Music, Italian Cultural Centre, and Symphonic
Orchestra of Santa Fé among others.
Valentín Surif also made recordings for NAXOS, for which he is
covering the whole piano works by Alberto Williams.He also made recordings for
IRCO for the series “Panorama of Argentine Music”, under the sponsorship of the
National Fund for the Arts, Argentine Council of Music and Argentine Publishing
Co. of Composers (EAC). He also recorded other CD´s With sonatas by great
He made recordings for the BBC, Radiodifusion Francaise, and Radio Télévision de la Suisse Romande.
He is the Executive Director of the Musical Competition of the River Plate and he is
regularly invited as a member of the Jury in national and international music
competitions like Liszt Festival, Chopin Competition in Buenos Aires, IBLA Grand Award in Italy, etc.
Valentín Surif was also adjudicator in Piano Competitions held by Liszt Association, International Encounters of Contemporary Music, Ginastera Competition, and the River Plate Piano Competition (of which he is the Executive Director) among others.
He made recordings of works by Argentine composers who obtained awards by the National Fund for the Arts of Argentina, CAMU (Argentine Council of Music) , and Publishers of Argentine Composers in the series “Panorama of Argentine Music 1860-1964”.
Together with his frequent music tours in the USA, he participates as the Argentine representative in the International Piano Festival of Bucaramanga (Colombia), Eisteddfod (South Africa), Peace Festival (El Salvador), “A Tempo”Festival (Venezuela),Argentine
Week in Fort Lauderdale (USA), Chopiniana Foundation(Argentina), Beethoven
Among his participations as a soloist , Ginastera¨s Concerto Nº 1 is greatly welcome by reviewers. (Philarmonic Orchestra from Bogotá, Symphonic Orchestra from Bahia Blanca-Argentina).
The Argentine Association of Composers ,”SADAIC”, granted him the Great Award to the best Argentine Classical Artist.
His latest CD of Five Argentine Sonatas ;”La Sonata Argentina”, was
praised in Washington, New York, San Francisco and Buenos Aires .
The Argentine Council of Music appoints him honorary member . He was the only Latin
American pianist performing for the First World Encounter of Pianists in New
York in 2005, and also in the International Congress of Pianists in Madeira
(Portugal) in 2006.
Currently , he is Executive Director
of the River Plate Piano Competition and President of ALAPP -Argentina (Latin
American Association of Pianists and Piano Pedagogues) affiliated to EPTA
(European Piano Teachers Association).
The 2006 Ginastera Festival in London , held by ILAMS (Society of Iberian- Latin American Music) and the Cultural Department of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, invited him to offer the closing recital of the Festival as well as his participation as adjudicator of the 2006 Piano Competition of the Beethoven Society of Europe .Then, he also presented several performances of Argentine composers in Portugal.
In 2007, Valentìn Surif represented Argentina in the Festival for the Celebration of Latin American Culture at de University of Berklee , Boston, and at the Argentine Consulate in New York. He also participated as a soloist for the musical season of the Chopiniana Foundation in Buenos Aires.
In January 2008, V.S. offers a program of French
composers at the Festival of French Music for Noontime Concerts of San Francisco
(USA) and also for Old First Concerts, as well as a master class for young
pianists at the Faculty of Music of the University Notre Dame de Namur from
He participates in the 4th International Festival
of Ushuaia 2008 with the Symphonic Variations by Cèsar Franck.That same year he
is also invited to the International Music Festival in Kotor ( Montenegro) and
to the Wimmer Auditorium in Augsburg (Germany).
In 2009 , the National Fund for the Arts and AMIA
invite him to their concert venues and the Argentine Embassy in Chile organises
the celebration of the Argentine 199º anniversary of the May Revolution with
some concerts he offered at the University of Santiago , and at the Auditorium
He represents Argentina at the 31st International EPTA Congress in Prague , where he analizes and interprets works by J:J: Ramos and R. Garcìa Morillo