Pianist Victoria Mushkatkol, of Odessa, Ukraine, made her debut with the Kiev Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra at age 10. She has played solo performances and taught master classes throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia (including Taiwan, China, Japan, Brunei, South Korea, and Thailand). Her performances as featured soloist and chamber musician have been broadcast on radio and television and her collaborators have included Russian violinist Evgeni Bushkov; cellist André Emelianoff; the Leontovich, Veronika, and Amernet string quartets; and jazz pianist/composer Marcus Roberts. Mushkatkol has been a faculty member and performer at international music festivals including Pianofest in the Hamptons, N.Y.; Taiwan Music Festival; Casual Classics (South Korea); Prague Master Classes (Czech Republic); Soesterberg International Music Festival (Holland); Puigcerdà Festival (Spain); and Conservatory Week International Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her discography includes French Overture by Bach, complete Scherzos, Ballades, Barcarolle, and other works by Chopin.
Mushkatkol is founder and artistic director (since 2006) of the Vladimir Nielsen Piano Festival in Sag Harbor, N.Y. She was formerly a piano faculty member at Interlochen Arts Academy. She is a former visiting faculty member at the University of Illinois and Oberlin Conservatory. Mushkatkol studied at Lysenko Special Music School in Kiev, Ukraine. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees with highest honors at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. She has also studied with Vladimir Nielsen. Mushkatkol completed doctoral work at the University of Illinois. She has been a Pre-College faculty member since 1998.