Andrew Victor
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Member Since: March 27, 2007
Last Visit:July 4, 2020
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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 64 years and I have lived 13 miles north of the Golden Gate, near 2 of our 3 children for the past 25 years. We were lucky to live near to our 3 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.