College of Fine Arts and Communication

Department of Music


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Victor Dvoskin

Part-Time Faculty

Office:   CA 2109
Phone:   410-704-2839
Fax:   410-704-2841
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Victor Dvoskin

Victor Dvoskin earned his bachelor's degree in Classical Bass Performance and Education from the Gnesins College of Music and Pedagogy in Moscow (now the Gnesins Academy of Music), Russia. After graduating, he became involved in a pioneering work as one of the first jazz musicians in the Soviet Union.

For nine years he played with Allegro, a jazz combo led by pianist Nikolai Levinovski. Soviet jazz critics considered Victor the No. 1 bass player of the 1980s. He eventually formed his own group, called “The Viktor Dvoskin Quartet,” which appeared at the 1990 Grenoble Jazz Festival. The group’s first performance was issued on CD by the French jazz label Thelonius, helping Victor earn three stars in the Penguin Guide to Jazz.

In 1991 Dvosdkin came to Washington DC as a part of the Russian/American Jazz Quartet, “Jazznost.” Other members included Sergei Gurbeloshvili (tenor-sax), Louis Scherr (piano) and Toni Martucci (drums). The group’s first CD, "Joint Venture," was released on Timeless Records. These musicians—joined by Gary Burton (vibes), Ryan Kisor (trumpet), Don Alias (percussion), Igor Butman (sn), Paul Bollenback (guitar) and Ken Willaman (cello) — came together to record another CD under the name “Partners in Time.” The result was the chart-climbing CD release, “Equinost."

Victor Dvoskin has performed both locally and internationally for more than 35 years. He is on more than 25 recordings in Russia, the United States, France, and Israel.”







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