Victoria (Vicki) Bragin
Chemist - Pianist
Contact: music at victoriabragin dot com
The Schumann [Carnaval] got off to a brisk, confident start and never slackened thereafter. Its wealth of controlled capriciousness and melting sensibility were most impressive. (The Palo Alto Times)
... a fabulous performance that had everything: technical security, wit, the communication of sheer joy.
(Dallas Morning News)
- "Chemists Making Music," an ongoing project which started in 2005 when Bragin was invited to give a solo recital at the annual ACS conference in Washington, DC during which she gave a talk on and performed music by the chemist-composer Borodin in addition to other composers. It has become an "expected" event for the fall conference since.
- Talks and presentations on "Aleksandr Borodin: Chemist, Composer, and Staunch Supporter of Academic Freedom for Russian Women." Most recent one was at the 232nd American Chemical Society Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Producer of music events held in conjunction with exhibits at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV.
- Vice-President, Board of Directors, St. Joseph Symphony, St. Joseph, Mo.
- Member, Women's Advisory Committee, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV.
- Juror (Preliminary, Semifinal, and Final Rounds), Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, Fort Worth, TX, June 2004.
- "The Chemistry of Oriental Lacquer," a talk given to the "Science and the Visual Arts" class at Marshall University, Huntington, WV, April 22, 2003. A slideshow of this presentation, in Quicktime format, may be viewed in a separate window.
- Judge for the Belle & Lynam Jackson Competition Competition of the Department of Music, Marshall Unviersity, Huntington, WV, March 9, 2003.
- "Oriental Lacquer: A Science Perspective," a presentation given to the docents at the Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, October 22, 2001.
- Instructor in Piano and Music Theory, Department of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia. (After obtaining her master's degree, Bragin was invited to join the faculty. She and her husband moved to California one year after her appointment.)
- Honorable Mention, Danforth Fellowship (Music, Piano Performance).
- Adjudicator for music competitions in Southern California.
- Numerous performances (solo, chamber music, lecture recital) in various venues in Southern California, including the South Bay Chamber Music Series in Palos Verdes, Donald Wright Auditorium, Ambassador College Recital Hall, Harbeson Hall, CSULA Concert Hall, Dabney Lounge, Brand Library Auditorium, Herrick Chapel at Occidental College.
- Other performances include those at the San Jose Museum of Art (Calif.), the Palo Alto Cultural Center (Calif.), the Columbia Museum of Art (S. Carolina), the Charles Sumner Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum (the latter two, both at Washington, DC), as well as performances in Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
- Has given chamber music and piano solo coaching sessions and private piano lessons at various times in her career.
- Conductor of an instrumental ensemble which accompanied the musicale "Cinderella" at Mayfield Senior School, Pasadena, CA, where Bragin was Chair of the Math and Science Department at the time.
- Past Board member and Solo performance member, The Friday Morning Music Club, Washington, D.C.
- Elected Member of the International Honor Society of the Phi Kappa Phi