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About Victor Victor at his Fazioli F278 Dr. Victor Mio is a published composer and has worked in various media including film, television and radio. The focus of his compositional activities has been on Choral music with his works having been performed worldwide. The Bell'Arte Singers have premiered several of his works including Ode to Saint Cecilia, Away in the Manger, A Dream Within A Dream, and Libera Me. In the spring of 2000, his Millennium Hymn for Youth was premiered at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, in celebration of excellence in music education. This was a commission from Music Canada 2000 Musique under the patronage of the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General. He is also an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers.

Milestones Among his academic accomplishments are a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Toronto under John Beckwith, and a Doctorate in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/UT under David Booth. Dr. Mio was awarded the gold medal for his Associateship performance in harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory of Music and he has also earned a Fellowship in harpsichord performance from Trinity College of Music, London, England. He has released two solo recordings; the first featuring Sweelinck, Handel, Couperin and Scarlatti, and the second the music of J.S. Bach. Victor studied harpsichord with Colin Tilney, both in Toronto and in England. In 1987, he founded the Mio Baroque Trio, comprised of flute, cello and harpsichord. Victor has been interested in "free" improvisation on the piano since he was a teenager. In those days, Keith Jarrett was a great influence, but it was during Victor's time at York University (BFA) that he was very much inspired by the improvisational pedagogy of Casey Sokol. A recording of piano improvisations is one of the many projects Victor hopes to complete in the future.

Recent Activities In recent years, Victor has become increasingly interested in the building and performance of the clavichord, perhaps the least known yet most expressive of the early keyboard instruments. He has participated in the annual Festival di Musica Antica (Early Music Festival) in Magnano (Piedmont) Italy, on two occasions.

Happening Now Victor & Raffaella behind Buckingham Palace Victor retired from administration in Education in 2018. Arts Education advocacy in general and Music Education advocacy in particular, will always be of interest to him. Presently Victor continues to compose, perform, build instruments and restore Rhodes Pianos. He lives with his wife Raffaella in suburban Toronto, Canada.