Affiliate Artist in Cello
Anthony Kitai joined the Houston Symphony in 2001, serving as Acting Associate Principal Cellist from 2003-2005, and currently holds the third chair position. Previously, he was a member of the Memphis Symphony and the Iris Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Anthony Kitai has appeared with many orchestras including the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra, Galveston Symphony, Houston Civic Symphony, Delta Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, Pine Bluff Symphony, and the University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra. Music festival appearances include Grand Teton, Schleswig-Holstein, Zenith, Allegra, Aspen, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. Anthony Kitai was on the faculty of the American Festival for the Arts in Houston and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and is now a member of the artist faculty at the Texas Music Festival and is the principal cellist of the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. As a chamber musician, Anthony Kitai has performed with Mercury Baroque, and on Aperio, Col Canto, Foundation for Modern Music, and Woodlands Salon Series Concerts. He frequently collaborates with his wife, pianist Shannon Hesse, and has performed with her on the Galveston Island Arts Academy Concert Series, Greenbriar Consortium Concerts, Houston Community College Chamber Music Series, Imperial Performing Arts, Louisiana State University Manship Guest Series, and Westminster Summer Concerts. Anthony Kitai received his BM and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music and his MM from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His major teachers have included Desmond Hoebig, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, and Peter Spurbeck.