Pianist Victoria Fischer Faw in concert
About the Artist
VICTORIA FISCHER FAW, Professor Emerita at Elon University was recognized as the 2021 NC Music Teachers Association and 2022 National Music Teachers Association Teacher Of The Year. Vicky is a pianist, teacher, scholar, and avid music advocate whose passions include playing and teaching a wide range of piano solo and collaborative repertoire, mentoring young teachers and scholars, and sharing her expertise and ideas through performance, lectures and teaching.
Vicky is in demand as a performer, master clinician, scholar and adjudicator of piano competitions across the country and around the globe, including Greece, Italy, Germany, Austria, Serbia, England, Puerto Rico and Belize. She is an acknowledged expert on the music of Béla Bartók, having won first prize at the International Bartók-Kabalevsky Competition in 1990, authored several publications, and presented many lecture-recitals on Bartók’s music. She is currently creating a pedagogical edition of Bartók’s “For Children.”
Vicky received her musical education, with degrees in piano performance and musicology, from Centenary College of Louisiana, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Vienna Conservatory. She began teaching piano beginners in high school at the urging of her own piano teacher, and she’s been teaching ever since—-as a graduate student teaching assistant at UT, and as co-founder of the Crawford-Fischer School of Music in Austin, Texas.
After completion of her DMA in Piano Performance at UT, Vicky began her collegiate teaching career at Bucknell University, followed by a 30-plus year career at Elon University. At Elon she taught undergraduate piano, mentored student research and created a piano pedagogy program that evolved into an undergraduate music minor.
Vicky recently retired from Elon. She is excited about her next chapter of professional life, which includes developing her own private studio and advocating for music teachers and students in the mountains of western North Carolina.