Dr. Victor Candia


Victor_2Victor Candia is a Researcher in the Department of Music at the Zurich University of Arts and Senior Scientific Assistant at the Collegium Helveticum of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Victor leads the SNF funded project, Toward a Science of Music Performance, together with Prof. Horst Hildebrandt from the Department of Music of the Zurich University of Arts. Victor is also the Founder and Director of transArts.

Born in Chile, Victor studied classical guitar at the National Conservatory of the Arts Faculty of the University of Chile and the Catholic University of Chile, and at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, Germany. He then became a guitar teacher in South Germany. Victor eventually went on to study psychology and received his doctoral degree in natural sciences at the University of Konstanz, Germany, with a doctoral thesis on brain plasticity and neurorehabilitation in musicians. He completed postdoctoral work at the Institute of Neuroradiology of the Zurich University Hospital.

Once in a while, Victor performs chamber music with his guitar, and recently as a classical singer. He speaks several languages, enjoys all kinds of music styles and art in general. He became passionately interested in the human voice, operatic singing and sound perception. As the consequence of his participation in Cortona Week in Tuscany – an ETH platform “…to foster individual artistic, spiritual, and humanistic capabilities for natural scientists and to immerse humanists and artists in principle statements of natural sciences in order to breakdown artificial barriers and to allow for a wider scope of thinking, competence, and creativity” – he recently discovered an interest for the study of the origins of mathematics and became a member of the Fields Cognitive Science Network: Empirical Study of Mathematics and How it is Learned.

In addition, Victor works partly as a coach for professional musicians interested in improving their learning and performance capabilities to prevent injuries; he also works in the rehabilitation of musicians suffering from movement disorders.