Victoria Aikin is a passionate and dedicated violinist with over 18 year of experience (and counting!). She first found her love of music at 3 years of age and has been expanding her craft ever since. In her early years, Victoria studied under Rice University professor, Sylvia Owellette, and with her she gained a deep understanding and appreciation of the fundamentals of music. Her first 5 years playing the violin, she studied the Suzuki method and various other theory practices, carefully cultivating a concrete foundation for music. After her Suzuki training, Victoria moved on to study a range of complex solo works and even craft some of her own compositions which she eventually performed at Jones Hall. Along side this, in her adolescence, Victoria participated in regional and state competitions, placing with honors and achieving first violin/first chair in the chamber orchestra. She also joined her symphonic orchestra and performed at Carnegie Hall.
As an adult, Vitoria began to study with Dominika Dansewich at St. Thomas University, and for the next 3 years she continued to further her education in not only music but also music history, gaining a deeper and more worldly understanding of her instrument and its origin. During this time she also became a part of the St. Thomas Quartet, where she had the opportunity to preform regularly.
Victoria also began to find her love of teaching. Music had a huge influence on her, and she sought to help others find the same light music had brought her. She began simply by tutoring fellow classmates but soon branched out to teach children and beginners. She would continue to teach students at her former schools for the next several years, on both violin and piano. These students saw great improvement in their performance, technique, theory, and most importantly, their love of music.
Victoria strongly believes in the power and importance music has and enjoys inspiring others to pursue and follow their dreams as those before her helped her. Victoria strives to motivate and make her lessons fun while creating a safe space for her students to grow and cultivate technical skills, as well as their own individual style. Victoria believes that true musicianship lies in a balance of passion and technical skill, and works hard to create a space for her students to grow in both areas.
Houston Community College; University of St. Thomas