Ann Okagaito

Ann is a full-time member of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Canada. A Toronto native, she started studying the violin 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 member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. She is grateful that as a Fellow there, she had the opportunity to be mentored by some of today’s leading soloists, concertmasters and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Some of Ann’s interests outside of music include trying to learn Shogi (Japanese chess), knitting, cooking and hiking in beautiful CO!

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