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Anthony Kitai


Affiliate Artist Cello

office: MSM 211
office phone: (713)743-3379
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017

ANTHONY KITAI joined the Houston Symphony in 2001, serving as Acting Associate Principal Cellist from 2003-2005. 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 Galveston Symphony, Houston Civic Symphony, Symphony North of Houston, Texas Medical Center Orchestra, Jonesboro Symphony, Fort Smith Symphony, and Pine Bluff Symphony.

Music festival appearances include Grand Teton, Schleswig-Holstein, AIMS, Aspen, and New York String Orchestra Seminar. From 2010-2011, Anthony Kitai was on the faculty of the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Texas and since 2012 he has performed and taught at the Texas Music Festival and is on the faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

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, and Westminster Summer Concerts.

A passionate and committed teacher, Anthony Kitai currently serves as an affiliate artist of cello at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music and maintains an active private studio where his students are regularly selected for Texas All-Region and All-State Orchestras.

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.