Valentina Taskova

Valentina Taskova has been engaged in music since the age of nine. After finishing two departments (String department – violin, class of prof. Miodrag Sretenovic, Opera singing department, class of prof. Olivera Grujic-Slavic) in Music High School „Stankovic”, she commenced her Opera singing studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Radmila Smiljanic, which she continued at the Faculty of Music in Nis, in the class of prof. Gordana Jevtovic-Minov.

As well, she studied in the String department – violin, at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade, in the class of prof. Vladimir Cabrenovic.
Just before the start of her pedagogical work in the Music school „Mokranjac”, she was a soloist of the Art Ensemble of the Ministry of Defence “Stanislav Binicki”, a permanent part-time member of the RTS Choir, , a soloist of the Opera & Theatre Madlenianum, and also a violin teacher in music schools „Josif Marinkovic“ and „Petar Konjovic“ in Belgrade.

During her school time, she won a series of awards and acknowledgements. She achieved noticeable results in international competitions in Belgrade, Zagreb, Geneva, Milan…

The career of Valentina Taskova as an opera artist was marked by performances at the National Theatre in Belgrade, as well as performances in the Opera & Theatre Madlenianum. She cooperated with prominent domestic and foreign conductors and directors (Szinetár Miklós, Yuri Alexandrov, Ruben Silov, Karolos Trikolidis, Angel Surev, Jovan Sainovic, Vladimir Kranjcevic, Pavle Medakovic…).

As a concert singer, she performed in a large number of solo concerts across Serbia and Europe (Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, France). She made permanent recordings for the Radio Television of Serbia, TV Ljubljana, TV Novi Sad.

She won a THIRD DEGREE medal for merits in education and culture in 2002 and a Jubilee charter from the Opera & Theatre Madlenianum for artistic contribution in 2007.

As a vocal pedagogue, she started working in 2008 in the music school „Mokranjac“ (Belgrade). In her work, so far, she achieved major and numerous achievements in that area. Her students have won a great number of awards in domestic and international competitions (Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Belarus…). They have won over 380 prizes, from which over 270 First prizes, 60 Laureates, 23 Special prizes, 5 Grand-Prix…

She organized numerous class concerts (Gallery and the Main Hall of the Ilija M. Kolarac Endowment, Ceremonial hall of the Veterans’ Club Building, Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Belgrade, SASA Gallery of Visual Arts and Music, Ethnographic museum in Belgrade, Hall of the Children cultural Center…), some of which were thematic, with the intent to bring closer the world of opera, stage movement and acting to her students in a considerable extent. In multiple occasions, she prepared ensembles from operas and operettas by participating in the making of costumes, preparing of the scenography and designing the director parts, where the audience gave standing ovations and where they greeted the young artists with great delight.

Whilst being exceptionally young and perspective singers, her students are members of the opera studio of the Opera & Theatre Madlenianum, National Theatre in Belgrade and other opera workshops within the „Bell’Opera“ and „MOTO“ (Music Opera Theater Organization), within whose framework they had an opportunity to work on innovative projects and operas such as The Secret Marriage by Domenico Cimarosa, Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart, At Dawn by Stanislav Binicki, “Let’s make an opera! Little sweep” by Benjamin Britten and other.

At the same time, some of them are already members of the choir ensemble of the Opera & Theatre Madlenianum, where they perform in operas which are part of the regular repertoire (Pagliacci, The Merry Widow, Les Misérables and The Magic Flute).

Many articles have been written in daily newspapers and magazines („Profit“, „Muzika klasika“, „Politika“…) about these successes. They were mentioned, as well, in guest appearances in radio and television broadcasts.

She is a member of UMUS (Association of Music Artists of Serbia) and EVTA (European Voice Teachers Association).

Since 2017, she is the head of the expert council for opera singing in the Music school „Mokranjac“ (Belgrade).
Valentina Taskova is a jury member of domestic and international opera singing competitions and since 2017, she is also the artistic director of the ensemble „Operetika“, whose purpose is promoting Serbian music and affirming young artists. She held a series of master classes in Serbia and abroad.

One of the most significant projects during her pedagogical work so far is surely the organization and performance of her class in the completely full Ceremonial hall of the Veterans’ Club Building, with the accompaniment of the Art Ensemble of the Ministry of Defence “Stanislav Binicki”, conducted by Pavle Medakovic.

In 2021, a collection for voice and piano „The pearls of the songs from Serbia“ was published, where Valentina Taskova worked as an associate. That same year, she won the prize from The Association of Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia for outstanding pedagogical results and improvement in teaching.

The successful continuation of schooling by her students into faculties and conservatories, within Serbia and abroad (Faculty of Music in Belgrade, Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, Kunst-Universität in Graz, Richard Wagner Konservatorium in Vienna…) stands as proof of quality of the vocal-pedagogical work by prof. Valentina Taskova.