Violinist, Steffani Kitayama has performed and taught throughout the country. She holds performance degrees from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory Music and Northwestern University studying with Won-Bin Yim and Blair Milton. Originally from Boulder CO, she grew up in the Suzuki method and continued on to do training with renowned pedagogues including William Starr, Ed Sprunger, and Teri Einfeldt.
As a performer, she has been a part of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, National Repertory Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and the Aspen Music Festival. While playing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she was a member of the community outreach based MusiCorps Quartet and worked closely with Yo Yo Ma for two years. Currently residing in DC, she performs with Grammy nominated Inscape chamber orchestra, the New Orchestra of Washington, and various chamber collaborations throughout the States. A passionate chamber musician, she has studied with some of the greatest quartet players, notably Mathias Tacke of the Vermeer Quartet and members of the Takács, the Tokyo, and the St. Lawrence String Quartets. Recently, she has performed with Simon Fischer, Peter Salaff, members of the Cavani Quartet, and is the second violinist of the Phoenix Quartet with Gabriel Bolkosky, Andrew Duckles, and Miriam Bolkosky. The members of the Phoenix Quartet perform and teach around the country and are involved in PhoenixPhest, a chamber music festival intent on creative environment based in collaboration, self-confidence and joyful artistic expression.
As a teacher, she has taught in a variety of settings from public school outreach to group classes and private lessons. She currently maintains a private studio, teaches at the Washington Conservatory of Music, and teaches at institutes across the States.