Freelance Musician, San Francisco Bay Area
Victor Avdienko is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he earned his Graduate Degree in Percussion, studying with members of the New York Philharmonic. Prior to that, he earned his Undergraduate Degree with top honors in Music Performance from San Jose State University.
A regular guest member of the San Francisco Symphony, Avdienko has performed, recorded, and toured with the Symphony for 20 years. Awards include several Grammys and an Emmy.
Raised in the Russian Orthodox Church in San Francisco, when live bell ringing in the United States was still a rarity, Avdienko currently enjoys performing Russian Bell Ringing from the perspective of a Symphonic Percussionist. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture͟ with the San Francisco Symphony in Summer 2014 was the first-time real Russian Bells were ever used for that piece in the United States.