Deborah Vukovitz

Violin, Viola, Piano Teacher

Deborah Vukovitz

SAA Member


Thousand Oaks, CA
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Deborah Vukovitz attended UCLA on a music scholarship as a composition major where she was awarded first prize in the Compinsky Violin Competition. Among her happiest memories from childhood is studying with renown Suzuki teacher Idell Low. Deborah also studied with violin legend Josef Gingold (whom she was drawn to for his exquisite 1920s-30s violinistic style) at Indiana University, Bloomington & with Colburn’s Heifetz-Chair pedagogue Robert Lipsett. She trained on piano with concert artist Anita Swearengin and regularly accompanies her students at concerts, and composes at the piano, cello, guitar, violin, erhu, charango, ukulele. She studied cello with acclaimed studio cellist Kevan Torfeh. And she has a Certificate in Film Scoring from UCLA Extension.

Deborah has performed in an array of venues in various styles—from classical and jazz at Walt Disney Concert Hall (with the California Philharmonic & Burt Bacharach Orchestra) to motion picture soundtracks (including John Ottman’s score for the movie “Pumpkin” starring Christina Ricci) & the jazz album “After Hours” with Eagles member Glenn Frey in 2012 & deadmau5’s 2018 album “Where’s the Drop?” released on Tidal. Deborah’s solo violin playing is featured on the rock album “Colleen Grace,” on Kourosh Zolani’s world music album “Memoirs of Sangesar,” and in the award-winning film “Ola’s Box of Clovers.”

As a teacher, Deborah is dedicated to nurturing her students’ creativity, artistry and empowerment and passing on to each student the legacies she has cherished from her own teachers. She currently teaches at Iced Pita Music School in Thousand Oaks and at The Cornerstone Music Conservatory in Santa Monica, and offers her students performance opportunities throughout the year, weekly masterclasses, and an environment of creative community.