Third prize recipient in the 2020 World Bach Competition (presented by Boulder Bach Festival). View the performance here!
Victoria Suchodolski is a Boston-based pianist, harpsichordist, and organist. Trained first on the piano, Victoria's love of the music of J.S. Bach brought her to the 2015 Baroque Music Workshop at Orford Musique, where she discovered a strong affinity for the harpsichord. Since then, she has been in demand as a harpsichordist and organist around New England, and has performed major Baroque works as a continuo player, including Handel's "Messiah", "Semele", and "Terpsichore", and Bach's "Trauerode". Victoria developed her continuo skills through study and performance at the American Bach Soloists Academy in 2018 and 2019, and also through intensive study of Bach's Cantatas and coaching from Michael Beattie at the 2019 Bach Institute at Emmanuel Music.
As a soloist, Victoria has performed in harpsichord masterclasses in the United States, Canada, and Europe for Corey Jamason, Luc Beauséjour, and Marco Mencoboni. She was awarded third prize in the Professional Keyboard and Plucked Instruments division in the 2020 World Bach Competition presented by the Boulder Bach Festival. Victoria has performed Bach concertos on both harpsichord and piano with the Euridice Baroque Ensemble of Amherst, MA and with members of the Lublin Philharmonic as part of the 17th International Piano Festival in Nałęczów, Poland. She was recently featured in Episode 11 of the American Bach Society's "Tiny Bach Concerts" series, which is available to view by clicking this link.
Victoria regularly appears with the Lowell Chamber Orchestra as a harpsichordist, and is currently the organist at St. Lawrence Church in Brookline, MA, where she received coaching on pipe organ technique and registration from veteran organist Lois Regestein prior to taking on the position full-time. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Sergey Schepkin and Ralph Zitterbart. She received her Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with Gilles Vonsattel as her primary instructor.
In addition to performing, Victoria has a thriving teaching career. She served on the board of the New England Piano Teachers’ Association (NEPTA) from 2014-2017 and was the chair of NEPTA’s Mildred Freiberg Competition for middle school aged pianists for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Victoria has also adjudicated competitions and festivals, including the Rhode Island Music Education Association Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Keiser Student Music Competition at St. Paul’s School. Her piano students have performed on NEPTA’s recital series and have consistently earned high marks on the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program examinations. Victoria currently teaches privately in the Boston area and through Cambridge Music Consortium, and has previously served on the faculties of South Shore Conservatory, Newton Music Academy, and Kingsley Montessori School. She is also staff harpsichordist at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and the artistic director of Early Music Week at the World Fellowship Center in Albany, NH.