Mr. Gabriel Kitayama-Bolkosky

Violin, Viola Teacher, Administrator, Organization

Gabriel Kitayama-Bolkosky

SAA Member


Ann Arbor, MI
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Gabriel Bolkosky began Suzuki violin studies at age three. He is presently the founder and director of Education for Happiness , an Ann Arbor based education organization dedicated to creating smoother and more positive learning outcomes. His debut solo album, This and That, was released in 2005 and features both jazz and classical music. Other recordings include Bonne Nuit featuring the Debussy Sonata, explorations of klezmer with Into the Freylakh (The Shape of Klez to Come), of the nuevo tango music of Astor Piazzolla (The Oblivion Project Live), children’s folk music with the children’s-music group Gemini (The Orchestra Is Here to Play), and contemporary music of composers such as Xenakis and Boulez with his former group Non Sequitur (Non Sequitur).

Recently, Gabe cofounded the company and practice community, Rollin’. The program is designed to help people thrive in a noncompetitive environment with mindful, intentional practice.

Currently Gabe is a member of two ensembles. The Bayberry String Quartet with members Steffani Kitayama, Nurit Pacht, and Laura Usiskin, as well as the nuevo tango group The Oblivion Project.

In May 2008, Bolkosky made his debut at Carnegie Hall with Opus 21 and worked as guest artist lecturer at The University of Michigan for close to a decade. He maintains a private studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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