Valentina Shohdy was born and raised in New York City, where she began her musical training at the age of three. Valentina received her Bachelor of Music Degree with Outstanding Achievement in Viola Performance in 2008 from McGill University in Montreal under Professor André Roy. At McGill, she acted as principal violist of the Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Alexis Hauser. She also performed in various master classes with Bruno Pasquier, Steven Dann and Jonathan Crow. In 2010, Valentina graduated with her Master of Music Degree with Academic Honors from New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston as a student of Martha Strongin Katz (Cleveland Quartet). At NEC, she performed frequently with conductors Hugh Wolff and Benjamin Zander, performed works by composer John Heiss and was coached by Roger Tapping (Takács Quartet).
Valentina won several solo competitions, including the New York Viola Society Competition and the Concerto Competition at Mannes College of Music, performing under conductor Ronald Braunstein. She became an active chamber musician at a young age, twice winning the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Competition, performing at Alice Tully Hall and appearing on the national radio program "From The Top" in Boston’s Jordan Hall. Also in Boston, Valentina was the principal violist and workshop coordinator of Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra specializing in educational outreach programs. Valentina has had extensive experience playing jazz and world music, collaborating on several albums as well as performing at popular jazz venues throughout Montreal.
In the summer of 2004, Valentina was invited to the Cassalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy where she studied with both Roger Chase and the Penderecki String Quartet. In following years, she spent two summers at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, Canada, and for three seasons was invited to play in the New York String Orchestra Seminar where she had the privilege of working with various members of the Orion, Juilliard, and Guarneri String Quartets. Most recently, Valentina performed at Carnegie Hall with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas under the batons of Valery Gergiev and Carlos Miguel Prieto for the World Economic Forum.