Classical music and jazz pianist Viktor Ritovs was born on March 29, 1972, in Riga, Latvia. In 1986 graduated with distinction from the Children Music School No 1 in Riga - Piano and Composition Class.

From 1979 to 1986 he participated in several Latvian young composers' competitions, winning diplomas and awards. During this time he performed in music schools throughout Riga and Jurmala.

Viktors has composed a number of works for piano on themes of Nature, arrangements of folk songs as well as works of different genres - ballads, dances, lyrical pieces.

In 1987, Viktors entered the Jazeps Medins Music School in Riga (Ella Strazdina's Piano Class). He performed frequently in recitals, played on TV, participated in the concert tours in Tbilisi, Odessa, Lvov. In those years he also studied organ playing. In 1989, he had an organ music recital in St. Simons Church in Valmiera, Latvia.

In 1992, Viktors Ritovs graduated with distinction from the Music School and entered the Latvian Academy of Music, Assist. Prof. Valentina Brovak's Piano Class.

In 1991, he took part in the International Pianist Competition named after K. Szymanovski, (Lodz, Poland), achieving a Diploma.

In 1993, he participated in the Jazeps Vitols International Pianist Competition and received the same prize.

Currently, Viktors leads the Trio "VIX", appearing in TV and Radio Programs. The trio's recordings are available on cassette.

He has appeared in Jazz Festivals and Concerts throughout Latvia as a soloist, with Big Band and with the vocal group "Assembly".

In 1994 took part at the XIII Jazz Piano Competition (Lithuania) and got public sympathy prize.

Viktors graduated from Latvian Academy of Music in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree and commenced studies in a master’s degree program with Prof. Teofils Bikis.

In 1995, Viktors spent three months studying at the Enschede Music Hogeschool (Holland) in the Jazz Piano Class.

Also in 1995, he took part in the XIV Jazz Piano Competition (Lithuania), winning First Prize.

In 1996, he participated in the VIII Jlmari Hannikainen Piano Competition (Jyvaskyla, Finland) and won Third prize.

In 1998 twice participated in the Lithuania Jazz Festival with group SATORI.

In 1999, he participated in the Liepaja Piano players Star Festival, leading a Jazz trio.

Since 1997, Viktors Ritovs has worked in the Latvian Academy of Music as leader of the Jazz Chamber ensemble.



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