ABOUT

Jazz singer, composer, lyricist, and teacher at Berklee Valencia and Musikene, San Sebastian. Viktorija participated in productions with Gilberto Gil, Michael League, and Petros Klampanis who collaborated on Viktorija's fourth album as bassist and producer [2023]. With her quartet and other formations, she has played at festivals such as Jazzaldia in Donostia-San Sebastian, Valencia Jazz Festival, Formentera Jazz Festival, Sevilla Jazz Festival, Grenoble Metropole Jazz, and many more in Spain and Europe.

Three previous albums were released by the Inner Circle Music label [Greg Osby] "The Only Light" 2019, "Stories" 2017 and "Nica's Blues" 2013, all with her own material, compositions, and original lyrics. The latest album received a high 3-star review in “Downbeat” magazine and was nominated for “best jazz album 2019” by the Carlos Santos Awards, Institut Valencià de Cultura. Her music is played on NPR live sessions, Discopolis Radio 3, Clasica FM and many others.

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.