Over the course of his 40-year teaching career, Viktor Basis has led his students from the basics to the highest level of musicianship. More than fifty of his students have won top prizes at prestigious international and national competitions and have obtained positions in major orchestras and universities. Mr. Basis has received numerous awards for teaching excellence.
Mr. Basis studied at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow with such renowned musicians as Mikhail Fikhtengoltz (violin), Valentine Berlinsky (string quartet), and Vladimir Tonkha (chamber music).
While on the faculty of Orel Music College, Mr. Basis was also the founder and concertmaster of the Divertissement Chamber Ensemble and the artistic director of the Orel Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra which toured extensively throughout the former Soviet Union. Mr. Basis’ performances, both as a conductor and a soloist, were broadcast on Russian national radio and television. He gave numerous master classes throughout the former Soviet Union, Finland, the Baltic Republics, and the US.
Mr. Basis has participated in the Soesterberg Music Festival (Netherlands), the Summer Academy Music Festival (Finland), Interharmony Festival (Germany), and Cremona Music Academies (Italy).
Since moving to the United States in 1999, Mr. Basis has been on the faculty of the Special Music School and Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center in New York, Queensborough College, and Long Island Conservatory teaching violin, viola, and chamber music. He resides in the New York – New Jersey area with his family.