A Toronto native, Ann Okagaito* started studying violin with the Suzuki method at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers growing up were Atis Bankas and Alec Hou. She went on to get her Bachelor of Music at Northwestern University where she studied under Almita and Roland Vamos and her Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Paul Kantor. While at Northwestern, she appeared as a soloist with the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra under Victor Yampolsky as a result of being a Concerto Competition winner.
Before joining the VSO, Ann was a fellow of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. There, she enjoyed the mentorship of some of today’s leading soloists and concertmasters and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.
In the summer, Ann is a member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Some of Ann’s interests outside of music include math, looking at maps, trying to learn Shogi (Japanese chess), cooking and being a ballet/dance aficionado.