About Viktorija Pilatovic
Viktorija Pilatovic - singer, composer, educator. Born in Klaipeda, Lithuania.
Artist for Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music record label where she released her first CD "Nica's Blues" in 2013. Masters in Music with a Full Scholarship from Berklee College of Music.
She moved back to Europe in May 2016 after 3 years of teaching private classes of Jazz Vocal Performance at USFQ College of Music, Berklee College of Music International Network Member School in Quito, Ecuador.
Viktorija recorded with Perico Sambeat's Big Band "Voces". The album is available online.
In July 2015, Viktorija recorded her second album. Release year 2016.
The band plays together since 2013. The musicians of the album are from Spain, based in Valencia. Alberto Palau – piano, Ales Cesarini – bass, Mariano Steimberg – drums. The album recorded at Millenia Studios by the famous Spanish engineer - Vicente Sabater. The mixing engineer, native New Yorker, very talented and extremely efficient – Ian Kagey.
Both Official videos are filmed by Alfonso Calza, an outstanding Spanish photographer.
Viktorija Pilatovic Quintet was an opening act for Chris Dave and Drumheadz at Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival involving artists as: Wallace Roney and Ravi Coltrane.
She performed her original composition “We Could Solve That” with the internationally renowned bassist Victor Wooten in Valencia, at Spain’s iconic Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia performing arts complex.
Viktorija also performed at the Berklee Yamaha All-Stars Concert alongside music legends bassist Abraham Laboriel, saxophonist Perico Sambeat and vibraphonist Victor Mendoza at Berklee Valencia’s Welcome Lecture for Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown.
Earlier in 2012, Viktorija found herself the only student invited to participate at the AEC Pop and Jazz Platform in Lille, France, representing the young jazz generation amongst a number of music professionals, discussing teaching methods and the future of jazz education.
In March 2012, she found herself performing as a solo artist with PCC Sympho- Jazz orchestra conducted by the legendary John Clayton.
In July she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. These accomplishments were made possible by Viktorija’s dedication and perseverance to her craft, starting in the early years of childhood.
Viktorija was born on the 12th of March in 1989 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. At the age of 6 she started playing classical piano, winning many Carl Czerny Piano Competitions. Throughout her childhood, she took part in many children ensembles performing all around the country.
In 2007, she began her Bachelor studies in Jazz Vocal at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Since then, she has participated in a number of Jazz contests, such as the International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2008, 2009 and 2010, winning 1st prize in 'Jazz Fountain 2008'.
In 2009, Viktorija was invited to take part in “Klaipeda’s Sea Festival”, appearing at The Tall Ships’ Races where she performed with The National Big-Band, recieving live coverage from Lithuanian national TV and radio.
In 2008, the young artist performed at a festival in Naggar, Himachal Pradesh, India hosted by the International Roerich Memorial Trust.
In 2010, Viktorija moved to The Netherlands to further her jazz studies at Prins Claus Conservatorium. Here her style evolved from traditional to contemporary jazz, fusing a number of styles and colors. Viktorija took lessons from J.D. Walter, Ralph Peterson, Alex Sipiagin, David Berkman, Don Braden, Jeff Cascaro, Joris Teepe, Freddie Bryant, Gene Jackson and Robin Eubanks.
In 2011, Viktorija won 3rd prize at the The Nederland Jazz Vocalisten Concours for her completely original arrangement of the famous standard “My Favorite Things”, featuring a solid bass line, modal harmonies and odd time signatures. The show was broadcasted on Radio 6 The Netherlands.
She now holds two bachelor’s degrees, one from the Prins Claus Conservatorium and one from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and Master's Degree in Music, Contemporary Studio Performance program at the Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus.