Victor Villena was born in Argentina. He began to play the bandoneon in early childhood. At the age of 17 he received the title of “Musical Discovery of the Year – Bandoneon” from the National Tango Academy in Buenos Aires.
In 1997 Victor won the prize for best soloist in the Concours national de Cosquin (Argentina) and two years later he settled in France. Since then, he has been developing his career around the world. He is invited to perform in major concert venues worldwide, including the Salle Pleyel, Théâtre du Châtelet, the Olympia in Paris, the Hollywood Bowl, the Barbican and the Tokyo Forum in Japan. He has performed as soloist with, among others, the Rotterdam Youth Philarmonic, the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, with which he performed Rêves et désirs for bandoneon and orchestra in 2010.
In the years 2003 – 2007 he completed a world tour with the Gotan Project, the cult electronic music ensemble. In 2012, together with cellist Henri Demarquette, violinist Nemanja Radumovic and pianist Frank Braley he formed the Arborescence Quartet. At that time he also started to collaborate with singer actor Ute Lemper, becoming her official bandoneon player. He accompanied her in concerts at theParis Philharmonic, at the Frankfurt Opera and in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
In 2014 Villena was involved in establishing a bandoneon class taught by Yvonne Hahn in the Music Conservatory in Avignon. In 2016 he performed Alejandro Schwarz’s Double Concerto for bandoneon, Accordion and orchestra at the Conservatory. Victor Villena recorded an album titled “Bandonéon Eclectico”. In Argentina it was nominated for the best album of the year in 2013. He also appears on the album “9 Secrets of Accra”, documenting a performance by Ute Lemper and recorded in 2015 in New York by ARTE Television.