Victor Vivas is a violinist who has enjoyed an international career as a teacher and orchestral musician. Born in Venezuela, Victor began his music studies at a very young age with El Sistema. He then completed his violin studies with José Francisco Del Castillo at the renowned Academia Latinoamericana de Violin in Venezuela. He furthered his studies with Habib Kayaleh at the Kayaleh Violin Academy in Switzerland.
Victor Vivas was born in Venezuela and began his music studies with El Sistema, where he was able to develop both his individual and ensemble playing skills from a very early age. Victor completed his violin studies at the Academia Latinoamericana de Violin in Venezuela with Jose Francisco Del Castillo, then later at the Kayaleh Violin Academy in Switzerland with Habib Kayaleh.
As an orchestral musician, Victor has had the priviledge to perform across the world and with renowned maestros. Victor has performed with the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra in Berlin, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra in France-Italy, Soloistes de Genève in Switzerland and was a member of the Orquestra do Algarve in Portugal and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Victor has played with conductors like Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado, Benjamin Zander, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Sergiu Comissiona, Domingo Hindoyan, Keri-Lynn Wilson, Alexander Shelley, among others.
Victor has over ten years of teaching experience with the main El Sistema violin academy: Academia Latinoamericana de Violin. Many of his former students are currently professional musicians in France, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina.
After moving to New Brunswick in 2017 with his family, Victor Vivas joined Sistema New Brunswick in January 2018, as the Fredericton Centre Director. He performs regularly with Atlantic Sinfonia and Symphony New Brunswick. He is a regular performer with Tutta Musica and coaches for the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.