Valeria Kurbatova is a multi-award-winning London based harpist – specialising in both solo harp performances, ensemble playing and orchestral harp. She regularly plays for the likes of London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Contemporary Orchestra and is also principal harpist in the London Electronic Orchestra.
Regularly performing at high profile events, Valeria has played for audiences ranging from HRH Prince of Wales to the Rolling Stones. Valeria’s radio and TV appearances include performances for BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, Classic FM, Russia Today TV, WNYC Radio and Kultura TV.
Valeria has a vast repertoire covering classical, popular, jazz, blues, rock, Bollywood, Disney and music from films and musicals. She is happy to arrange almost any piece of music or song you'd like if it's not already on her list. She can also perform as a duo and trio with the following instruments: violin, cello, viola, flute, soprano and tenor.
She has her own amplification system which is a great idea to have if your event is larger then 80 people.
How long do you play for?
I normally do 50 minutes sets and can do up to 5 sets. Although I am flexible and can adjust according to your event.
Do you have your own PA and lighting?
Yes, I can provide an amplification system, which consists of a professional pick up for the harp and an amplifier.
Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
How much space do you require?
2 sq. meters, I bring my own chair and stand, if you require an amplification, which I can provide, I will need to be within 10 meters from a plug.
My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
Yes, I'm happy to arrange and play any song you'd like. I can also record it and send it to you prior your event.
How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
10 minutes breaks if I do 50 min sets. If it's just the ceremony, then I don't take any breaks.
Valeria's harp repertoire includes classical, jazz, blues, pop, Bollywood and musicals, as well as her own compositions and improvisations.
Classical solo harp repertoire and harp concertos
Popular and Jazz Repertoire
Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind (New York)
Beyonce - Halo; Irreplaceable
Bob Marley - One Love; Three little birds
Bruno Mars - Marry you; Just the way you are
Cole Porter - I get a kick out of you; Anything Goes
Christina Perry - A thousand years
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Duke Ellington - Caravan; In sentimental Mood
Des'Ree - Kissing you
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
Ella Fitzgerald - Dream a little dream of me; My funny Valentine; Cry me a river
Florence and the Machine - Dog days are over
Frank Sinatra - My Way; Strangers in the night; That's Life
George Gershwin – Summertime; The man I love; Prelude No 3
Etta James - At Last
Elvis Presley - Can't help falling in love with you; Love is all around
Henry Mancini - Moon River
John Williams - Schindler's List; Jurassic Park
John Legend - All of me
Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah
Lou Reed - Perfect Day
Les Miserables - I dreamed a dream
Lionel Richie - Endless Love
Luigi Einaudi - Le Onde; Night
Miles Davis - So What
Michael Buble - Everything
Nat King Cole - L.O.V.E
Peter Gabriel - Book of LovePixies - Where is my mind
Paul Chertok - Jazz Suite
Paul Desmond - Take Five
Queen - Somebody to love; Bohemian Rapsody
Righteous Brother - Unchained Melody (Ghost)
Robin Williams - Angel
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge over truoubled water
Sting - Every breath you take; Fields of Gold
Steve Wonder - I just called to say I love you; Superstition
Siur Ros - Hoppipolla
The Beatles - Let it be; Yesterday
The Rolling Stones - Angie; Satisfaction
Tracy Chapman - The promise
The Verve - Bittersweet symphony
Whitney Houston - I will always love you
Yann Tiersen - Comptine D' un Autre Ete; Les Jours Tristes
Yurima - River Flows in You