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Victor Danchenko Joins The Royal Conservatory as Faculty Member in 2013

Victor Danchenko at The Royal Conservatory

The Royal Conservatory welcomes internationally renowned pedagogue and performer Victor Danchenko as a faculty member of The Glenn Gould School and the Young Artists Performance Academy beginning in fall 2013. Mr. Danchenko previously spent 14 years teaching at The Conservatory, helping develop some of the world’s top violinists. This academic year, he conducts two Master Classes at The Royal Conservatory – Friday, November 16 and Friday, April 5. Both are free and open to the public.

“To say I’m proud is an understatement. I’m more than proud to help develop promising and talented students. It’s a feeling deep in my heart and soul. To be able to instruct these students and successfully serve a higher purpose, it’s like passing the torch,” said Mr. Danchenko. “The best students realize they are connected with a great past, taught by greats, and will continue teaching greats. I consider The Royal Conservatory and The Glenn Gould School an alma mater of teaching, and my pedagogical home. I look forward to continuing to bring new standards of performance and education to my students at The Conservatory.”

Mr. Danchenko is highly regarded as prominent music educator, having also taught at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. His students have gone on to successful careers around the world as leaders in classical music, including such notable artists as Tokyo String Quartet’s Martin Beaver and concertmaster of the Victoria Symphony Terence Tam (both Conservatory alumni), as well as American violinist Soovin Kim.

"Victor Danchenko is without a doubt one of the most successful violin teachers of our time. He has had profound impact on the musical landscape of Canada, which is populated with many of his former students,” said Barry Shiffman, Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School. “His artistry and commitment to excellence is influenced by his close association with the great Russian violinist David Oistrach, with whom he studied. The Royal Conservatory is proud to welcome him back to the faculty following his many years teaching in the United States."

Mr. Danchenko is one of three celebrated educators and performers joining The School and The Academy in 2013, alongside cellists Andrés Diaz and John Kadz, cementing The Royal Conservatory’s continued investment in its strings program.

Victor Danchenko’s past students reminisce about his impact on their education and careers:

I was most privileged to have studied with Victor Danchenko at The Royal Conservatory during my formative years and I consider him my musical father. I am absolutely thrilled that he will be returning to The Conservatory. The students of the Glenn Gould School and the Young Artists Academy will benefit immeasurably from the presence of this wonderful artist and pedagogue. Congratulations to The Conservatory on this auspicious occasion!  - Martin Beaver

I began studying with Victor Danchenko when I was 12 years old at the insistence of the legendary Josef Gingold. Mr. Danchenko mentored me as his student for the next eleven years and he continues to be a strong presence in my life. I am am so thankful to have absorbed some of the Russian tradition that he passed on from his mentor David Oistrakh. - Soovin Kim

Victor Danchenko continues to be the most important musical and violinistic influence of my career.  His teaching combines a wealth of experience as a concert soloist, a vast knowledge of the fundamentals of violin technique as well as a truly individualized approach to the particular talents of each student.  My studies with hiim were the highlight of my years at the RCM/Glenn Gould School. His return to The Royal Conservatory is long overdue and I believe his presence will make a profound difference once again to young violinists in Toronto. - Terence Tam

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