Born in Buenos Aires, Valentín Surif received his musical education from Argentinian and foreign masters, such as Tino Rossetti, a disciple of Rosita Renard of Chile, Earl Wild of the United States, Alicia de Larrocha and Antonio Iglesias of Spain, Carlo Zecchi and Sergio Lorenzi of Italy, and Celia Bronstein, Aimée van der Wiele and Roberto Caamaño of Argentina. Surif has toured the world, as a recitalist and a soloist, with well-known orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestra de Bogotá (Colombia), always receiving outstanding critical reviews. He received a commendation from the Franz Liszt Society of Argentina for his recital on the occasion of the centenary of Liszt’s death. Surif’s broad repertoire includes many works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Liszt, Mozart, Villa-Lobos, and others.
What distinguishes Valentín Surif from other great contemporary pianists is his commitment to Argentinian music. Throughout his concert career, Surif has promoted Argentinian and Latin American composers. His recitals routinely include the Toccata by Alicia Terzián, sonatas by Roberto García Morillo, by Carlos Suffern, and by Silvano Picchi (the latter dedicated to Surif), the Rapsodia Popular de Buenos Aires by Juan José Ramos, Concerto No. 1 by Alberto Ginastera and many other remarkable works which are virtually unknown outside Argentina.
Surif has also performed as a soloist in symphonic concerts under conductors such as Enrique Bátiz, Juan Carlos Zorzi, Bruno Bandini, Mario Majnaric and Eduardo Carrizosa.