Andrew Victor
Status: Member
Member Since: March 27, 2007
Last Visit:January 20, 2020

Andrew Victor

I was given my first violin for my 4th birthday in 1938 and started lessons 6 months later. Except for a one year hiatus during 7th grade I have always played the violin. I started cello lessons at 14 and got my first viola when I was 40 - but only played viola for about 7 performances over the next 40 years - about 100 total hands-on hours - until age 80 when I got serious about it and switched to viola from violin in my regular weekly chamber orchestra. I played cello in a weekly piano trio until 2018 and had an active piano trio (three incarnations, first one as the violinist) for about 47 years. String quartets too, but not so much lately.

I have played violin or cello in school orchestras and community orchestras since 1948 and was CM in my community orchestra for 20 years.

I taught violin and cello from my late 20s until I quit at about 75..

Not counting 69 years with school and community orchestras, I've played public performances of solos and chamber music and recitals since my mid teens - but lately more on a salon scale for the small ensembles. I've had a few paid gigs over the years - nothing big, but music has always been an avocation, and am now a retired "rocket scientist/physicist" and active ""musician"" and will continue as long as I am able. (Double quotes are intentional!)

My wife of 63 years and I live 13 miles north of the Golden Gate, near 2 of our 3 children and also near 2 of our 3 grandchildren (the writer and the musician), the youngest grandchild, the actress, moved to New York City after she graduated from college in May 2016 (by Sept. 2018 the musician had moved to NYC to finish his BA and the writer has moved to Crete - for now). We were lucky to live near to all our grandchildren as they were growing up and participated/helped when we could. With this closeness we get together with family for all birthdays, holidays, and other nice times. I gave violin lessons to my older granddaughter (the writer) for 10 years until she was 16.