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Victor Prieto is a native of Galicia, Spain born in the town of Orense in 1975. At the age of nine Victor was encouraged by his mother to study the accordion-an instrument deeply ingrained in Galician folklore. Studying classical accordion at the Orense Conservatory Victor understood its immense potential. At Estudio Escola de Musica (Santiago de Compostela, Spain) Victor branched out from the classical education by studying harmony, arrangement and improvisation. In 1998 Victor received a scholarship from Berklee College of Music. There he majored in performance under the direction of Joanne Brackeen. Because Victor was the only one to date to specialize in accordion at Berklee he created his own program combining the expertise offered by educators at Berklee to the accordion. In 2002 Victor moved to New York where he quickly established himself as one of the most prolific and versatile accordionists on the World-music and Jazz scenes.
Victor performed and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma (Songs of Joy and Peace, Sony BMG Masterworks. "2010 Grammy Winning Album"), Arturo O'Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra, Billy Hart, Paquito D’Rivera, Chris Cheek, Donny McCaslin, Lionel Louke among others and is involved in projects such as Christian Howes Group, Cristina Pato and Migrations, Emilio Solla’s Jazz Tango conspiracy and The Maria Schneider Orchestra.
As a leader Victor has performed at prestigious venues and events such as Berklee Performance Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Blue Note NY, New Jersey Performance Art Center, Three Rivers Musical Festival, Williamsburg Jazz Festival, Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.
Some of Victor’s awards and prizes are: The Creative Performer award from the Spanish Association of Artists and Performers, and the first prize at CMZK’s Concourse of Composition.
New York, 2014.
Victor Prieto has changed the way musicians and spectators view accordion by revolutionizing both technique and sound. His love for the traditional Galician music and classical education enriches his compositions with explosive rhythm and colors uniquely combining Galician Roots, Celtic, Jazz, Tango, and Classical music. Victor also developed a new technique for the accordion called “chord approach on both hands" that creates rich and elaborate harmonies.
Victor teaches Master Classes in Spain, Italy, Portugal, USA and has headed the jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory (2003 – 2004). He started teaching at age 15.