Saxophonist, composer, educator, and content creator Valentin Kovalev is an ebullient and
highly eclectic performer whose unique style was developed following studies in Russia, France,
and the US.
Mr. Kovalev is the winner of several international competitions such as Manhattan International
Music Competition (US), MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition (US), Classic Winds
Competition (Israel), AndorraSaxFest (Andorra), Anches Simples de Toulouse (France),
EkaterinburgSaxFest (Russia), GoldenSax (Ukraine). He is also the recipient of significant
awards from foundations in France, where he performed in a live-broadcast concert on the radio
station “France Musique.”
Valentin Kovalev has performed at the Carnegie Hall, soloed with many prestigious orchestras in
his native Russia and the US, toured ten cities in China, and performed in several countries in
Europe through the Rostropovich Foundation. Mr. Kovalev is a Henri Selmer, Paris artist, and is
represented by Astral Artists of Philadelphia.
In response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Mr. Kovalev organized a Benefit
Concert in Ann Arbor, MI which raised over $17,000. This financial help went to purchase life-
saving medical backpacks shipped to Ukraine through RAZOM and to resettle Ukrainian refugees
arriving in Michigan through the Jewish Family Service of Washtenaw County.