Merit School of Music

Ethan Valentin

Faculty: Piano


DePaul University, Candidate for MM
Lawrence University, BM
Merit School of Music, Tuition-free Conservatory


Ethan Valentin, Chicago native and Merit alum began playing piano at the age of six. During high school, Ethan spent his Saturdays at Merit participating in their distinguished Tuition-free Conservatory. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University studying under Anthony Padilla, and his Master’s Degree from DePaul University where he studied with George Vatchnadze and Marta Aznavoorian. He has won numerous awards and scholarships and participated in festivals and competitions nationally and internationally. Since 2018, Ethan has been a member of the piano faculty at the Merit School of Music and Musical Chairs Studio. He is also currently the organist at Queen of Angels Catholic Church and pianist with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.

Favorite Musicians:

I listen to all kinds of music and could never pick a favorite. Today, I’ve listened to music by Yuja Wang, Martha Argerich, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, and Johnny Cash. It was a different mix yesterday and it’ll be a different mix tomorrow!