Happy Birthday Victor Pikayzen

Back in July 2007, at the Tibor Varga Summer course. After having worked on my repertoire (6 Paganini Caprices, Tchaikovsky violin concerto, Tartini Devil’s Trill) he asked me to play a scale. Surprised and already in trouble, I started a G Major scale. When I reached the higher note and began to come back he stopped me. “Hey, not 3 octaves, go on. 4 octaves” Since then, when I skip 4 octaves scales I think about him and search to find a spot for that!

By the way, his edition of Paganini Caprices is precious!

Happy 87th birthday Maestro, one of the most lovely teacher and over-talented violinist I worked with and keep in my heart. 🥰


A protege of David Oistrakh, he is a former prize winner at the Paganini, Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky and Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competitions. Professor Pikayzen served a long term (1966-2016) teaching position on faculty at the Moscow Conservatory.

Listen his legendary interpretation of Wieniawsky 1st Violin Concerto Wieniawsky/Gounod Faust Fantasy

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