Valentina Vorster (violin) started playing the violin at the age of five. She obtained her BMus in Violin Performance with the late Prof. Eli Kazakova at the National Academy of Music in her native country Bulgaria, where she won several national competitions for solo violin and chamber music. As a member of two Bulgarian State Symphony orchestras, she participated in various opera tours throughout Europe.
She joined KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Baroque 2000 Orchestra in Durban, South Africa in 2002, holding the position of Co-principal of the first violinists in the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra between 2006-2009 and appearing as a soloist with both orchestras on several occasions. Valentina was a member of the Wouter String Quartet, which was voted Best Classical group in KZN for 2007. Throughout her career she performed in a variety of chamber concerts with several of South Africa’s top musicians.
Valentina was a part-time violin teacher at Beau Soleil Music Centre after which she became a full-time violin and viola teacher at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, where she conducted the Senior String orchestra and was the concertmaster of the Symphony orchestra. Since 2019 she has had her own violin studio and a student string orchestra Da Cape’O Strings at El Shaddai Christian School in Durbanville.
Currently, Valentina freelances as solo- and chamber musician and performs as ad hoc member with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cape Town Baroque orchestra and the Stellenbosch University Camerata. Together with the flautist Liesl Stoltz and Salome van Wyk, Valentina is one of the founder members of The Rainbow Exchange NPC.