Valerie Geller
Status: Member
Member Since: July 21, 2014
Last Visit:August 19, 2020

Valerie Geller

Maestra Valerie Geller has a very busy professional career as Conductor, Concertmaster, Motion Picture & Recording Artist, and Master Pedagogue.

Ma Geller is Conductor and Artistic Director of the Global Harmony Symphony. She was founder, Music Director and Conductor of the Saddleback College Emeritus Institute Symphony, Irvine Valley College Emeritus Symphony, Merage JCC Symphony, and Seal Beach Symphony; also participated as professor for Saddleback College Emeritus Institute Chorale, Laguna Woods Village Symphony, and Casta del Sol Chorale.

Following her formal studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Oklahoma at Norman, and University of Colorado at Boulder, Maestra Geller performed and toured internationally with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton’s of Maestro’s Essa Pekka Salonen and Andre Previn, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with Maestro John MaucerI. Maestra Geller made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1990.

Her Concertmaster positions include Disneyland Candlelight Orchestra, South Coast Symphony, and Kingston Technologies private corporate symphonic band ‘J.T. & Friends’. Valerie Geller serves as guest Concertmaster for San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Mozart Festival, Orange Coast College, and appears as guest solo artist internationally.

In addition to her symphonic and solo appearances, Maestra Valerie Geller is an active chamber music performer and coach. She is violinist for the highly acclaimed Violin & Organ Duo ‘Va’lee’ with renowned organ virtuoso Dr. Jung-a Lee, performing works from the classical repertoire and premiering works by contemporary American composers.

Valerie Geller studied the art of violin playing and pedagogy under the tutelage of Master Pedagogues Noumi Fischer, Lily Mahler, Manuel Compinsky, and Irving Geller. She is also an accomplished Lecturer, and conducts Master Class for Violin, Chamber Music, and Orchestra Audition Preparation. She has judged multiple competitions including the ‘Young Stars of the Future’, and regularly programs and encourages young talent as featured soloists in concert.

Additional credits include 1st Violin Long Beach Symphony, New West Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Master’s Symphony, Las Vegas Symphony, Bolshoi Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Kirov Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, and Los Angeles Opera. Maestra Geller has toured nationally and internationally with multiple recording artists and celebrities including Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Led Zeppelin, Mick Jagger, Electric Light Orchestra, Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Josh Grobin, Alicia Keyes, Donny & Marie Osmond, Shirley Maclaine, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Robert Goulet, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Maestra Geller was solo violinist for the West Coast premieres of “The Spitfire Grill;” “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change;” “The Last Five Years”, “Violet”, and solo violinist for numerous National Touring Broadway Productions including "Annie", "Chicago" and “Peter Pan”.

Maestra Geller has made conducting appearances in the United States, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Israel, China, and recently premiered the new Starlight Symphony as Conductor and Solo Violinist in Aliso Viejo, CA.

Valerie comes from a distinguished musical family. Her father, Irving Geller, served 48 years as Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Her mother, Helen Geller, is an accomplished actor of stage and screen.

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