Valdone Arffa

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Valdone Arffa started her piano training in her native Lithuania. After winning the United World College Music Scholarship, she continued her studies with Igor Cognolato at the International Chamber Music School of Trio di Trieste, in Duino, Italy. Currently, Arffa is pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Classical Piano Performance and Music Education at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, as a student of Dr. Ludmila Lazar. Arffa has earned awards in many compeitions in Europe, including Honorable Mention and "Best Sonata" Prize at the Cremona International Music Academy in 2017, and was one of the

finalists at the Aeolian Classics Emerging Artist Competition 2019. Arffa has performed piano concerti in Lithuania and has given solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe and the US. In the summer of 2018, she participated in the Orvieto Musica Festival in Italy. She currently works as a piano instructor and a collaborative pianist in the Chicago area.