Vic Vogel

Born Victor Stefan Vogel in 1935, this Montrealer of Hungarian decent is a Canadian institution.

Vic started playing piano by ear at the age of 5. His favorite pastime was conducting the live jazz programs on radio in the early 1940's. By the age of 14, he was a feature soloist on the same stations across the country. He started performing in the Montreal area nightclubs at 16 years old and saved enough money to buy a second-hand Steinway Concert Grand piano.

After several months of continuous exposure to his newly acquired instrument, Vic decided it was time for professional guidance. Mr. Vogel sought help from Paul de Marky who was at the time Oscar Peterson's teacher. Due to his failing health, de Marky recommended his colleague Michel Hirvy. It was under Hirvy's influence that Vogel was able to focus on composing and arranging.

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