Gregor Kitzis

Gregor K.

New York, NY
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Gregor delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 10+

Teaching since:
October 1980

I perform regularly at Carnegie Hall with Orchestra of St. Luke's, have performed and recorded with David Bowie (Heathen), play lots of chamber music and contemporary music concerts and have toured extensively but always lived in NYC. While I studied with Jascha Heifetz protege Erick Friedman to get my BM and MM from Manhattan School of Music,, Charlie Castleman at The Quartet Program and Chris Lee, concertmaster of NJ Symphony, my teaching is based on what I learned as a performing musician in NYC. Working with great players here showed me what they all had in common versus what were just my teacher's idiosyncrasies. Using your body efficiently to avoid injury is at the core of what I teach. Playing well in your 20's is entirely different than having learned how to avoid injury and play well in your 50's. I teach anyone from beginners of all ages to young professionals preparing for auditions to older people who always wanted to do this and just need someone to spark their curiosity.

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Experience

first violinist, founder and president
Jul 1989 - Present
Ouluska Pass Chamber Music Ensemble

We perform summer chamber music concerts in the Adirondacks with our home base in Saranac Lake, NY.

violin section
Dec 1986 - Present
Orchestra of St. Luke's (resident orchestra of Carnegie Hall)

Education

Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Violin Performance
Sep 1983 - Feb 1986
Manhattan School of Music
strings quartet summer program
Jul 1980 - Aug 1984
The Quartet Program

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Violin Performance
May 1986
Manhattan School of Music

B.M 1983, M.M. 1986

Affiliations

Violin Society of America
Jan 2013

The Violin Society Of America reflects a broad range of interests and concerns of those interested in violins and the art of making instruments and bows of the violin family.Founded in 1973, the Violin Society of America is a non-profit organization created for the purpose of promoting the art and science of making, repairing and preserving stringed musical instruments and their bows. Membership in the VSA is open to all who share an interest in the violin, viola, cello, bass and their bows, and thus reflects a broad and diverse range of interests and concerns, including craftsmanship, acoustics, innovation, the history of instruments and performers, technique, performance practice, repertory and other matters pertaining to instruments of the violin family.

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SAG-AFTRA
Oct 1994

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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BMI
Jan 1992

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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National Orchestral Association
Sep 1987

The National Orchestral Association (NOA) was founded in 1930. Its early mission was to train American orchestra musicians in orchestral techniques and repertoire, providing them with the necessary experience and level of expertise to enter professional orchestra careers.

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Chamber Music America
Jul 1983

Chamber Music America (CMA) is an American non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters, a national conference held annually in New York City, and the publication of Chamber Music magazine.

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American Federation of Musicians
Oct 1980

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Gregor K.

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Nottorno for Violin and Piano by Susan Fischer
live performance of Stash with Trey Anastasio of Phish 11.18/10 This concert was the Phish free Christmas download of the year
I also play musical saw! Bach Air on the G String.  I'll get you to play a 1 octave scale with a good tone and vibrato in 1 lesson.
Michael Finnissy Sonata for Violin and Piano 2nd movement
Photo by Gregor K.
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7 Reviews

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Lauren Mar 30, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gregor was terrific to work with! He has had so much experience and teaches in a very personal and dynamic manner. He can really address the root of many issues in playing and take personal differences in consideration. I was very happy he had so much experience using the Alexander Method and adapting it to violin playing. This is what you need to set yourself up for a lifetime of playing! While I studied primarily classical music, he also has lots of experience in many other genres as well.

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Laura Mar 21, 2017
Violin · In home

I briefly studied with Gregor when I lived in the NYC Metro area. He is one of the best teachers I've had the privilege of studying with over the years. My lessons were tailored to my goals, and Gregor was committed to helping me learn as much as possible, while being incredibly down to earth. He is simply a world-class teacher, and someone I was very fortunate to meet. It was a pleasure and privilege taking lessons from him, and I cannot recommend him enough to aspiring violinists and violists.

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Chala Mar 20, 2017
Violin ·

Gregor is a wonderful violinist and a thoughtful musician. As someone who has worked with him on and off for years, I'm positive he'd bring the same qualities into his studio and pass his love of music on to his students.

Tina Mar 19, 2017
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As a professional viola player, I have already enjoyed working with Gregor because of his professionalism and dedication to making music. His vast knowledge and experiences with the violin make him a great teacher to learn from. He is also a kind and humble person who is always ready to help others in any way he can. I highly recommend Gregor!

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Jay Mar 19, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gregor kitzis is an excellent teacher. The lessons are both serious and light-hearted. He has a profound understanding of the music and how to convey it to both advanced and beginning students. It is privilege to work with such a master of the violin. However, you should be prepared to engage in a strong measure of musical rigor. He is full of ideas as to how to bring out the musicianship of the music rather than just the technical aspects.

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Matt Goeke Mar 18, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gregor Kitzis is a colleague of mine (I'm a professional cellist). Gregor is a very thoughtful musician, and brings a depth of knowledge of intensity of focus that would benefit any student. He's not a "do it this way, because I said so" type of teacher –– he always is looking for the "how" and the "why" of things.

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Jonathan Mar 18, 2017
Violin · In studio

Gregor knows SO much, and his love of playing is infectious. He can really make a big difference.

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