Leo Kitajima
Status: Member
Member Since: February 28, 2007
Last Visit:January 22, 2021

Leo Kitajima

Leo Kitajima was born and raised in Los Angeles and received his early formal music training at the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

Besides classical music, Leo has always been interested in learning from all other genres of music. As an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego, he performed with the orchestra and jazz band, learning to transpose alto saxophone and trumpet parts on his violin. Leo continued his musical exploration at the University of Southern California, earning a B.M in Jazz Studies as the only violinist in the jazz program. Leo has performed alongside many legendary musicians, such as Tony Bennet, Christian McBride and Stevie Wonder.

Studying jazz and other forms of music made Leo realize the important role improvising and composing plays in helping individuals craft their musical voice. Interested in the integration of improvisation and composition in all music learning environments, Leo attended Northwestern University, Illinois, to earn a Master in Music Education with an emphasis on improvisation and composition.

In the past, Leo has served as faulty at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Colburn School of Performing Arts, and Westridge School. He is currently the Director of Orchestra, Jazz, and Chamber Music at Menlo School in Atherton.