Valerie Kampmeier, D.S. S., M.A., B. Mus. Hons. (Univ. of London), brings to her work decades of performance experience as a successful classical pianist, as well as over twenty-five years working as a teacher, coach and conductor in Britain, Europe and the U.S. with some of the world’s most talented musicians.
At her Purcell Room debut, she was described as “a masterly pianist.” (The Observer, London). She subsequently gave concerts in St John’s Smith Square, Pump Room, Bath, Brighton Pavilion, Dublin Castle and throughout Britain and Europe.
Valerie also performed in two BBC documentaries about the music of Terezin. In addition, she was the official pianist for masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Galina Vishnevskaya, Barbara Bonney, Ileana Cotrubas.
Valerie spent 16 years on faculty at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, teaching, coaching and performing. She also became well-known and respected as a vocal coach and worked at Glyndebourne and international summer schools in Paris, Nice, Bayreuth and Ghent.
An injury that brought her career as a performer to an abrupt halt in her mid-thirties also caused her to question many aspects of musical performance training.
In order to have a more profound understanding of her own challenges and those of others, she undertook years of intensive personal growth work which culminated in a Masters’ degree in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica, a unique program that has become internationally renowned for its ability to positively transform the lives of its students, and subsequently their clients.
In 2005, Valerie founded Free To Create- Life Coaching for Creative Artists as a way to support artists through the many challenges they encounter and assist them in flourishing personally and professionally. As a result of her unique background and experience, she is able to offer a deep understanding of the challenges of the life of an artist, and empathic and expert life coaching. Her approach combines a genuine warmth and a well-developed sense of humour with intelligence, intuition and sensitivity. She has a deep respect for the inner wisdom of her clients in their quest to discover their own answers.