• 1959 - 1963

    Košice Conservatory (piano - Mária Mašíková-Hemerková)

  • 1963 - 1967

    Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno (piano - František Schäfer and Karel Jandera)

  • 1990 - 1992

    Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, research student/candidate (Ivan Palovič)

  • 1967 - 1970

    Žilina Conservatory, piano teacher

  • 1970 - 1977

    Bratislava Conservatory, piano teacher

  • 1971 - 1973

    and from 1977 Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, piano accompaniment (senior lecturer – 1993)

“Valéria Kelly made her greatest contribution to Slovak music in her studies and promotion of 20th century Slovak music: solo pieces (some dedicated to her) as well as chamber music. In performance she managed to fill out the romantic lines with her personal poetic sense and brilliant momentum. Once again the old adage was confirmed, that the performer can help to empower the idea of the composition...”  (Vladimír Čížik: Dictionary of Slovak Concert Art vol. I. , Hudobné centrum, Bratislava 2002, p. 70.)