Viktorija Pilatovic is a vocalist, bandleader, composer, educator sharing her love for jazz through her original music: poetic lyrics, modern heart grasping chord progressions, and virtuosic vocal performance. Recording artist for "Inner Circle Music" with three releases: "The Only Light" 2019, "Stories" 2017, and "Nica's Blues" 2013, all featuring original compositions. Her music is covered in NPR live sessions, Downbeat magazine, Discopolis Radio 3, and many others.
Alongside Sílvia Pérez Cruz her voice sounds on "Voces" - the latest big band album of renowned Spanish saxophonist Perico Sambeat.
Viktorija teaches at Berklee Valencia and Musikene in San Sebastian and various International Jazz seminars.
Viktorija participated in productions with Gilberto Gil, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Banda Magda, and Petros Klampanis.
Viktorija was born on the 12th of March in 1989 in Klaipeda, Lithuania. At the age of 6 she started playing classical piano and later started playing guitar and writing songs. In 2007, she began her Bachelor's studies in Jazz Vocal at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 2010, Viktorija moved to The Netherlands to further her jazz studies at Prins Claus Conservatorium. Here her style evolved from traditional to contemporary jazz, fusing a number of styles and colors. In 2011, Viktorija won 3rd prize at the The Nederland Jazz Vocalisten Concours for her completely original arrangement of the famous standard “My Favorite Things”, featuring a solid bass line, modal harmonies, and odd time signatures. The show was broadcasted on Radio 6 The Netherlands.
In March 2012, she found herself performing as a solo artist with the PCC Sympho-Jazz orchestra conducted by the legendary John Clayton. In July she performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Viktorija Pilatovic Quintet was an opening act for Chris Dave and Drumheadz at Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival involving artists as Wallace Roney and Ravi Coltrane.
In 2012 Viktorija received a full scholarship to enter the master's program at Berklee Valencia. She performed her original composition “We Could Solve That” with the internationally renowned bassist Victor Wooten in Valencia, at Spain’s iconic Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia performing arts complex. After graduation, in 2013 she moved to Quito, Ecuador to teach private classes of Jazz Vocal Performance at USFQ College of Music, Berklee College of Music International Network Member School. In 2016 she moved back to Europe.
Viktorija recorded with Perico Sambeat's Big Band "Voces", Xavier Monge's "Poemes Dispars" and Sergio Pereira's award-winning album "Nu Brazil".
As a student and later as a professional has shared the stage with: Victor Wooten, Danny Grissett, Abraham Laboriel, Victor Mendoza, John Clayton, J.D. Walter, Perico Sambeat, Ralph Peterson, Alex Sipiagin, David Berkman, Don Braden, Jeff Cascaro, Joris Teepe, Freddie Bryant, Gene Jackson, Robin Eubanks, Polo Orti. Her quintet opened for Chris Dave and Drumheadz at Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival with artists such as Wallace Roney and Ravi Coltrane.