Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp was born in Angren, Uzbekistan and before the age of ten won six first prizes including the Competition of the Republic Uzbekistan. After emigrating to Germany, Viktoria was accepted as a pre-student with thirteen years in the class of Prof. Sontraud Speidel at the University of Music in Karlsruhe, Germany. She began her formal studies of Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy in 2002 in Karlsruhe, continuing in Frankfurt a.M. with Prof. Irina Edelstein from 2004, and with Prof. Joachim Volkmann from 2007. She completed her DMus degree at the University of Alberta with Prof. Dr. Jacques Després. In her research she explored new intermedial performance strategies that combine music with media to emphasize the simultaneity of elements and the socio-cultural context of a work of art in order to create a new meaning for the performance and audience. Beside attending various masterclasses for solo performance with Alexander Braginsky, Victor Derivianko, Corey Hamm, Janina Fialkowska and Graig Nies among others, Viktoria Reiswich-Dapp has a keen interest in chamber music. Ms. Reiswich-Dapp is the first and only performer who has won the prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She was also awarded an honorary Walton J. Killam Scholarship, a Dorothy Killam Award, an F.S. Chia PhD scholarship, the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, a Harriet Snowball Winspear Fellowship and three Beryl Barns Memorial scholarships. Prizes at national and international piano competitions include 19 first prizes at the German “Jugend Musiziert” competition with two first prizes as a soloist and accompanist on the national level, an Award of Excellence at the Frankfurt University of Music Chambermusic Competition, the Audience Award at the International Music Festival Koblenz, and a multi-year scholarship of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “LiveMusicNow.” Ms Reiswich-Dapp has performed as soloist, with orchestras, and in various chamber music formations in Canada, Austria, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. She has also recorded several CDs in Germany and Poland.
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Gerald Klickstein, M.M., is Director of the Music Entrepreneurship & Career Center at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. A respected author, speaker, career coach, and classical guitarist, previously, he was a member of the distinguished artist-faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His work has been published by Oxford University Press, Schott, and others as well as on diverse websites and in journals such as The Strad, American String Teacher, and Inside Higher Ed. Connect via Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog.