About Victoria...

Victoria Fifield was born and raised in rural Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Her childhood was spent drawing, writing, creating, imagining and learning to play all kinds of music on the violin. After spending 3 years at St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, Victoria was awarded a scholarship to study classical violin and jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London - the first ever student to follow a mixed degree course at the institution.  Whilst in London, Victoria met improvising cellist Ben Davis and together with other adventurous string players they formed Basquiat Strings who subsequently enjoyed great critical success including a nomination for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize.
Upon graduating from the Royal Academy, Victoria performed and recorded with a wide range of musical artistes in multiple genres - everything from opera productions, to avant garde jazz to touring with Sir Elton John. She also released her own album with a 4 piece band of original jazz based compositions.

During this time she also realised her craving for other forms of artistic expression beyond the competitive world of professional music. This lead her to embark on a second degree in Graphic Design at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. After 3 inspiring years, Victoria added a second strand to her work by launching Hipster Spinster - a range of designer products and prints. Operating from a small one bedroom flat in Edinburgh, she spent the next few years selling her designs online to customers around the world and hauling huge suitcases of tea towels and frames around the country exhibiting at Trade Shows and selling to retailers across the UK.

Things took an unexpected turn in 2015 when, during the annual dreaded Quiet Spell, Victoria applied for (along with many other weird and wonderful things) a job teaching violin in the Occupied West Bank. Before she knew it she was off to Ramallah where she spent a year working for the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. After an exhausting, challenging, life changing year in the Middle East, she returned to the UK overflowing with creative inspiration. She then spent the next year frantically writing and drawing about her experiences and observations. This project turned into 'Pieces From A Broken Land' - a book and mixed media art exhibition.

Victoria currently lives in Aberdeen, where alongside her many creative pursuits she works at Sistema Scotland/Big Noise - a children's orchestra programme creating social change through music in the country's most deprived communities.

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