Jill Valentine

Jill Valentine, viola, is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Music (2014), and is currently perusing her Master of Music (2016), at Rice University with Ivo-Jan van der Werff. Through Rice Ms. Valentine is honored to have received several awards including the Richter Fund for Music Outreach, co-producing chamber music concert series around the Texas Medical Center (2012), and a full-tuition scholarship for the duration of her studies. With the Azure Quartet, formed at Rice, Ms. Valentine received the silver medal at the MTNA National Chamber Music competition in 2013. She also was named a New World Symphony finalist while still completing her degree in Spring 2015.

Ms. Valentine enjoys performance and outreach engagements in Houston through her engagements at Symphony of Southeast Texas and Mercury Baroque Ensemble as well as actively teaching through Tomball ISD where she enjoys a private studio of students of all ages. Ms. Valentine has premiered several solo viola works for Rice University, such as Kurtag’s Signs, Games and Messages in a 2014/2015 Shepherd School Contemporary Ensemble Series. Also in part with the Shepherd Contemporary Ensemble, she will give Rice’s first performances of the Berio Sequenza for Viola this Fall.

Ms. Valentine loves to travel and uses her playing as a vehicle for it; she has spent the past several summers at Aspen Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Academy, and Lucerne Festival Academy, notably to delve into her passion for contemporary music. She also enjoys making transcriptions for the viola, most recently the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, Da Falla Suite Populaire Espagniole and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. In 2010 Ms. Valentine commissioned a viola and orchestra transcription of Piazzola’s Le Grand Tango by Brett Allen and premiered the work herself. Besides the viola, she most enjoys traveling, learning foreign languages and making stationery.