Valentina Bellanova was born in Florence, where she later studied musicology and recorder. She then furthered her instrumental studies in Germany at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover, Germany, where she obtained her Soloist’s Diploma. She moved to Berlin at the beginning of 2014.
She has been very involved with classical Turkish and Arab music for several years now, also studying their respective aesthetics and theories. She plays both the Turkish and the Arabic Ney and regularly performs these instruments in various music and theatre projects: soloist in the National Theatre Thuringia, in the NDR Radio Station in Hanover, in the Kulturforum in Frankfurt O., in the Komische Oper Berlin, in HAU Theater Berlin etc., with Ensembles like Berlin Oriental Group, Nawa, Concerto Foscari Hannover, Babylon Orchestra, Gülina Band, Framedrum meets the Winds with Murat Coskun, Duo Winds and Drums with Sebastian Flaig etc.
Her teachers of Ney and modal music include Ross Daly, Ömer Erdogdular and Kudsi Erguner, whereas she studied the recorder and Early Music with David Bellugi, Federico Maria Sardelli and Ulrich Thieme.
In addition to working as a freelance musician, she teaches Ney at the BTMK (Berlin Conservatoire of Turkish Music) and Recorder at SOS Berlin.
She is also involved in research and publishing. For instance, she issued the first edition of Concertos for Recorder by the Neapolitan composer Nicola Fiorenza (published by Girolamo).