Sophia Ines Valenti
SOPHIA Ines Valenti is a 16 year old violist. Her private viola teacher is Dimitri Murrath at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2012, Sophia became the principal violist of the Santa Rosa Symphony Preparatory Orchestra. At the age of 10, she became principle violist of The Santa Rosa Symphony Repertory Orchestra and was also accepted as the youngest member of The Young People’s Chamber Orchestra. That year she won first place in The Sonoma County Etude Competition, and as a member of the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, had the honor of performing on the stage of Weill Hall with Midori Goto. At the end of the summer of 2014, after a competitive audition process, Sophia at the age of 11 (and with only 2 years of training) was asked to join the internationally renowned San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and participated in the 2015 San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra’s European Tour. In 2016, she performed with her quartet on “From the Top” and won the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra 2016 Concerto Competition. She also performed as a featured musician in The Art of Possibilities with Benjamin Zanders. Currently, Sophia attends SFCM Pre College, she was a finalist in the 2017 Mondavi Young Artist Competition, won Asta San Francisco 2017 junior division and 2018 senior division, and attended Music@Menlo 2017 and 2018. Sophia had the honor of becoming a 3rd place Laureate in the renowned national Sphinx Solo Competition, won 2nd place in the American Violist Society Senior Division National Solo Competition, won First Place in the viola division of the ASTA California State Competition, and won First Place in the Northern California Viola Society Solo Competition. In 2018, Sophia Ines was a featured soloist on the hit radio show From The Top and had the honor of performing on the stage in a Viola Ensemble with Kim Kashkashian for a Music for Food performance at SFCM. Sophia Ines lives in Santa Rosa California with her family and loves watching baseball and scary movies. Sophia Ines plays on a contempory viola made by Raymond Schryer, generously donated by the Virtu Foundation.