Victoria Bietz studied with Mark Kaplan at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her B.A. in Violin Performance. She then went to The Boston Conservatory for her Masters in Music. Victoria has worked in San Diego as a freelance violinist since 1998. She has played with San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Luscious Noise, Classics for Kids, Orchestra Nova, California Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacific, Starlight Theatre, The Old Globe, Broadway San Diego, and San Diego Repertory Theatre, among many others.
Victoria grew up in the eastern San Diego mountains of Jamul. Her musical family fostered her interest in the violin and she became heavily involved in San Diego Youth Symphony, where she was Concertmaster for three years. While in High School, Victoria competed and won prizes in both the MTAC Goodlin Scholarship Competition and the ASTA Solo Competition. Victoria has been substitute violin with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since 1999.
Victoria has been teaching in San Diego since 2005. She teaching philosophy combines music from Suzuki and the Mark O’Connor books for beginning students. Victoria has a deep appreciation for the Suzuki method, but also loves the Americana and fiddling songs from the O’Connor books. She has found that many of her students actually prefer the a combination of the two styles. In 2010 she attended the Mark O’Connor Certification Course for Books 1 and 2 in Los Angeles. She became Suzuki went to the Teacher Training for Violin Suzuki Book 1 in 2013 with Judy W. Bossuat-Gallic in Las Vegas, In 2014 Victoria completed Violin Suzuki Book 2 in Los Angeles. She plans to complete Book 3 in Washington DC in June.
For intermediate students, she adds the Carl Flesch scale system and etudes in order to set a solid foundation. In Suzuki Book 1 we start reading etudes from Wohlfahrt Sixty Studies for Violin. Recently Victoria started entertwining Suzuki and the Soloists for Young Violinists books by Barbara Barber. In addition, music reading and understanding basic theory is very important to me for students of all ages and levels.