Violin, Viola Teacher
Deborah Vukovitz 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 & also 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.
She 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. 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.” Also a singer-songwriter and composer, Deborah has composed for several indie films including her own & has a Certificate in Film Scoring from UCLA Ext.
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.