Valentina Bellanova. I was born in Florence, where I later studied musicology and recorder. I then furthered my instrumental studies in Germany at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover, where I obtained my Soloist’s Diploma. I moved to Berlin at the beginning of 2014. I have been very involved with classical Turkish and Arab music for several years now, also studying their respective aesthetics and theories. I play both the Turkish and the Arabic Ney and regularly perform these instruments in various music and theatre projects (for example as soloist in the National Theatre Thuringia, in the NDR Radio Station in Hanover, in the Kulturforum in Frankfurt (Oder), in the Komische Oper Berlin, in HAU Theater Berlin, in Stadtsorchester Braunschweig, in Kampnagel Hamburg etc.) My teachers of Ney and modal music include Ross Daly, Dr. Claudia Ott, Ömer Erdogdular, Kudsi Erguner, whereas I studied the recorder and Early Music with David Bellugi, Federico Maria Sardelli and Ulrich Thieme. In addition to working as a freelance musician, I teach Ney at the Global Music Academy Berlin and at the BTMK (Berlin Conservatoire of Turkish Music) and Recorder at SOS Berlin. I am also involved in research and publishing. For instance, I issued the first edition of Concertos for Recorder by the Neapolitan composer Nicola Fiorenza (published by Girolamo).