Russian born violinist Marina Kitaychik is a dedicated teacher as well as an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Marina began to study violin at the age of five with Viktor Basis. By the time she was eight she was invited to perform with the Philharmonic Orchestra of her hometown. Marina continued her higher education at Moscow State Conservatory and Mannes College of Music where she earned her BM and MM degrees studying with Alexander Vinnitski, Nina Beilina and Todd Phillips. Her chamber music coaches include Andrei Shishlov (Shostakovitch String Quartet), Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet), Aleksander Bonduryansky, Edna Michell.
Ms. Kitaychik has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Unated Nations's Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space in NYC, Bolshoy and Malyi Halls of Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and other centers of the performing arts throughout Russia. As a winner of the Concerto Competition, she performed Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Mannes Orchestra under the direction of Samuel Wong. Her other solo appearances includes Spectrum Symphony, One World Symphony and Doctor’s Orchestra of New York. She attended Schleswig-Holstein Festival and participated in master classes with such distinguished musicians as Midori and Pamela Frank.
As an orchestral musician Marina performed under world-renowned conductors including Kurt Masur, Mstislav Rostropovich, Valery Gergiev among others. She held a Concertmaster position at Dicapo Opera Theatre Orchestra in New York City from 2000-2013. She was a Concertmaster of Bard College Summer Conductor’s Institute Orchestra during summers 2001,2002 and 2003. Ms. Kitaychik plays regularly with New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Norwalk Symphony and Simpatico Chamber Ensemble in CT.
Marina won the first prize in the All-Russian Young Artist Violin Competition and the second prize in the All-Russian Chamber Music Competition. She has also received a scholarship from the International Musical Program for gifted young artists "New Names." Many of her performances have been broadcasted by WQXR radio in New York City.
Ms. Kitaychik is a member of MTNA and has over 20 years of teaching experience.