Violin Studio of Katrina Savitski
Katrina Bobbs Savitski
Katrina Bobbs Savitski is an active performer and teacher in Houston, and currently performs as a substitute violinist for the Houston Symphony.
A passionate teacher, Katrina has worked with students ranging from ages 3-18 as a private piano and violin teacher, chamber music and sectional coach, and group class instructor at numerous schools and music programs. In addition to her full private studio, Katrina also coaches chamber music and violin sectionals for the Houston Youth Symphony and directs the Music Ensemble Program, which offers chamber music for serious pre-college students . Formerly, Katrina taught at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music Preparatory and Chamber Music Programs, and was awarded the Rice University Brown Teaching Fellowship for two consecutive years, given for excellence and dedication to teaching.
Katrina received her Master of Music degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as a graduate violin student of Kathleen Winkler. A native of Los Angeles, Katrina began studying violin with Jennifer Bellusci, and later on continued her studies with Gail Mellert and Cheryl Schiedemantle. She also studied piano with Catherine Bobbs and Mark Richman. At age 15, she and her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, so that she could attend the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) as a student of Paul Kantor. She continued her piano studies with Gerardo Teissonnière, Alvin Chow and Peter Takacs. She received her Young Artist and Bachelor degrees with Academic Honors from CIM. In addition to her performance degrees, Katrina also completed two years of Pedagogy Training and Certification for all ten Suzuki Method Violin Books under the tutelage of Kimberly Meier-Sims, director of the CIM Sato Suzuki Center.
As a performer, Katrina has won top awards in international competitions across the country, including the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Young Artists Competition, Tuesday Musical Club Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Young Artists Competition, and Music Teachers National Association Senior and Young Artist Divisions. Since debuting as a soloist with orchestra at age 9, she has soloed with over thirty orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra, New West Symphony, CIM Orchestra, and Calgary Symphony. Most recently, she won the 2012 Colorado College Festival Concerto Competition and performed as soloist with the Festival Orchestra in Colorado Springs. Katrina lives in the Westbury neighborhood with her husband Sergei.