Viktor Khodyko, Violin and Viola
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A classically-trained orchestral musician, chamber music performer, violin and viola soloist and an experienced pedagogue,Viktor Khodyko has been a member of Bel Air Music Studios faculty since 2014. When teaching students of all ages, Viktor’s goal is to guide them carefully, step by step, from very easy pieces to a more varied and complex repertoire. Viktor believes that learning must be fun; he loves to play along with his students or engage students in playing with each other.
Mr. Khodyko has studied violin since he was 5 years old. He graduated from the Belorussian State Conservatory, one of the most prestigious musical institutions in the former Soviet Union. His teacher was famous violinist Victor Golfeld, who himself was one of the pupils of the legendary Leopold Auer, together with Yascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman and other internationally celebrated violinists.
Viktor Khodyko was the Principal and Associated Violinist and Violist in several orchestras in the former Soviet Union and Germany, including: Minsk Chamber Orchestra and Minsk Radio Orchestra in Belarus; Braunschweig City Opera in Germany; and finally, for the last 20 years he was the Principal Violist of the Radio Orchestra of South-West Germany (German Radio Philharmonie Saarbruecken, Kaiserslautern, Germany). As a Principal Violinist and Violist, Viktor had a chance to work with many internationally renowned musicians, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Cecilia Bartoli, and Montserrat Caballé, to name just a few. He appeared frequently on radio and television, both in the former Soviet Union and Germany, as a soloist and chamber music performer. Viktor‘s performances were featured in numerous recordings produced in Germany and Belarus.
In addition to his extensive performing career, Viktor Khodyko has always enjoyed teaching. He taught violin and chamber music at the Belorussian State Conservatory and later continued as a violin teacher at the Immanuel Kant Gymnazium in Pirmasens, Germany. After concluding his official performing career, Viktor Khodyko has moved to the USA to join his family. He continues to enjoy performing chamber music and appearing as a soloist. He is a member of the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra where he shares his experience and love of music with the next generation of classical musicians.