Support your students as they learn to care for the instrument and use the bow correctly on their way to performing simple scales and songs.
The violin, sometimes known as a fiddle, is a wooden chordophone (string instrument) in the violin family. Most violins have a hollow wooden body. The violin typically has four strings (some can have five), usually tuned in perfect fifths with notes G3, D4, A4, E5, and is most commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings. It can also be played by plucking the strings with the fingers (pizzicato) and, in specialised cases, by striking the strings with the wooden side of the bow (col legno).
Victoria Jacono took up the violin when she was six. Millions of notes later, it still evokes the same wonder.
Jacono’s credentials — A-mus-A and L-Mus-A on violin, an A-Mus-A and L-Mus-A on viola and also a Bachelor of Music with honours, from the Australian Institute of Music — are matched by her passionate mastery of the strings that have formed the threads of her life.
Along with numerous prizes from eisteddfods and competitions all around the country, Jacono is a past winner of the National Youth Concerto competition, the Wenkart Foundation Scholarship, the Marcus Edwards Violin prize, the Perry Hart Memorial prize, the International String Player of the year award at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand, and the Order of Australia Association Scholarship.
Jacono has found musical joy working with many orchestras, performing as concert master for The Metropolitan Orchestra, for the SBS radio and television orchestra, the Young Symphonists orchestra, the International Youth Orchestra in Spain 2001, the Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra and Eminence Symphony Orchestra. As a member of these orchestras, she has performed in Japan, China, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Spain.
Back home in Sydney, she performs for several musical organisations including the Australian Institute of Music, Australian Musician’s Academy, the Mostly Mozart Festival, Manly Music Club, the Ryde & Hills District Music Club, the Art Gallery of NSW concert series, the St Andrew’s Young Concert Artists Series, Halcyon and Chronology Arts, as well arranging and performing her own performances.
Many of these have been recorded and broadcast on 2-MBS-FM, ABC Classic FM and Radio NZ. She regularly performs for charity, helping to raise money for the Exodus Foundation, the Oak Tree Foundation, the SADS foundation, the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children and the Oncology Children’s Foundation.
As a soloist, Jacono has performed with the SBS radio and television orchestra, the Young Symphonists orchestra, the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the PLC chamber orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Balmain Sinfonia, Sydney Sinfonia Orchestra and the Mueller International Chamber Orchestra. In 2019, Victoria performed the Bruch Concerto with The Metropolitan Orchestra.
Jacono is active in contemporary music and has worked closely with many Australian composers to commission and help create new works, as well as performing and recording new music.
Victora is the founder and director of the Inner West Institute of Music, which is based in numerous locations in Sydney’s inner west, coordinating ensembles and group lessons in a number of schools, as well as private tuition to over 250 students. Victoria hopes to inspire the next generation of musicians and provide easily accessible opportunities for children.
Jacono proudly performs on a modern Italian violin made by Giuseppe Pellacani, and an Australian viola made by Harry Vatiliotis.
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