The death of Victor Danchenko is being widely mourned.
A pupil of David Oistrakh in Moscow, he emigrated in 1977 and taught in Toronto and Baltimore, where his sister Vera joined the piano faculty. He was also a professor at Curtis and internationally at summer festivals.
His tudents include the BBC concertmaster Igor Yuzefovich, Martin Beaver of the Tokyo String Quarter, Paganini winner Soovin Kim and many members of major orchestras.
New World Symphony’s Martin Sher writes:
I’m still processing the loss of my beloved mentor and violin teacher Victor Danchenko who passed this morning. Nobody held higher standards for the art than him, and he held his students to it through a lot of tough love and sweat. He connected us to a great lineage of violin playing that was the source of tremendous pride to him – and the source of many wonderful stories told in our lessons. To feel like we were part of a history and tradition, thanks to him, is a gift that can’t be overstated.
Beyond that, I’m so glad to call many of his students good friends and colleagues. In a recent call he told me that it meant so much to him that many of us were staying in touch with each other. It means a lot to all of us too. Perhaps this was his greatest gift – the sense of community he created for us, with history and with each other.
Thank you for everything, Mr. Danchenko. To us, you put a dent in the universe. We are privileged to have shared some time with you. We love you and cherish your memory.