Victor “Red” Atkins is a Grammy Award-winning pianist who received a B.M. from Berklee College of Music in Boston and a M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Atkins serves as Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans where he is Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Music and holds the Danny Barker Professorship. He teaches jazz theory, harmony, composition, arranging, ensemble, and applied piano.
He is a sought-after arranger whose work can be heard on compositions of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. John, and Glenn David Andrews to name a few. He has been commissioned to create arrangements for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Orleans Jazz Institute.
Atkins continues to work with an impressive list of artists which has included Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Aaron Neville, Dee Dee Bridgewater, the Headhunters and noted New Orleans Jazz, Funk, and R&B artists. He has also performed at notable venues and festivals all over the world.