Vibraphonist, producer, composer, and educator Victor Mendoza of Mexican origin is considered by international critics as one of the finest artists in the Latin Jazz and Contemporary Jazz world, in addition to his reputation as an educator.
As a soloist, his performances include appearances with the World Festival Orchestra, NYC under the direction of Paquito de Rivera, Milan Svoboda Orchestra, Prague, Sinfonica Carlos Chávez in Mexico, Symphony Orchestra of the City of Granada, Spain, Kaunas Big Band in Lithuania and the prestigious Jazz Knights Big Band of West Point. Recent concerts include performances in Japan, Korea and Taiwan National Concert Hall and the International Jazz Festival In Taichung for an audience of more than 100 thousand people. His recordings and concerts include collaborations with, Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Pérez, Claudio Roditi, George Garzone, Gary Burton, Dave Samuels, Giovanni Hidalgo, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, Antonio Sánchez, Lee Konitz, Perico Sambeat and Jorge Pardo, among others.
The recordings If Only You Knew and This is Why were praised by international critics and, partly because of this, the prestigious magazine Latin Beat named him among the most outstanding artists in the genre of Latin jazz. Black Bean Blues, was named one of the best recordings of the year by Modern Drummer magazine, and Jazziz magazine mentioned Mendoza as “the leader of the vibraphone in this genre, and one of its most imaginative composers.”
As an educator at the Berklee College of Music, and clinician for Yamaha and Vic Firth, Mendoza has achieved international recognition for his work as a vibraphone teacher, Latin Jazz improvisation, Contemporary Composition as well as his prestigious Latin Jazz ensembles. Mendoza frequently conducts master classes in major universities and conservatories around the world including the Superior Conservatory of Paris, Reina Sofia Conservatory of Madrid, Royal College in London, Royal Northern College of Music and National Universities in Taiwan, Korea, and throughout South America.
Victor Mendoza is currently a Full time Professor at the Berklee College of Music Valencia Campus in Spain where he established and held the post of Program Director for three years in the Contemporary Performance Master’s Program.