Principal Violin II
Ani Bukujian was born into a musical family and started playing the violin at the age of two and a half. Bukujian studied with her father exclusively until the age of 15.
A native of Los Angeles, she is the winner of numerous musical competitions, including three gold medals at World Championship of Performing Arts, first place at JS Bach Competition, ASTA Annual National Solo Competition, and Pasadena String Festival. At the age of 7, she was a solo performer in her debut concert with a chamber orchestra at Glendale’s Alex Theatre. Bukujian was also part of Viva-Vivaldi All-Girl Orchestra in Washington DC, being the youngest first violin in the orchestra. At the age of 8, she was asked to perform a solo piece with Bakersfield Symphony, where she played one of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. As an AGBU scholarship recipient, she performed at Weill Recital Hall in her first year at The Julliard School in 2012.
Bukujian has recently performed as a member of Charleston Symphony Orchestra and has served as concertmistress at Miami Summer Music Festival, where she played the solo of Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra. She has also participated in other festivals such as Bowdoin Music Festival and Fontainebleau Festival in France. She has performed at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen and Alice Tully Hall, in addition to Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Zankel, and Weill venues.
She holds both a Bachelor’s and Master of Music from The Juilliard School where she studied with Lewis Kaplan from 2011 to 2015 and Laurie Smukler from 2015 to 2017. In addition, she attended the San Francisco Conservatory where she studied with Alexander Barantschik. Bukujian is currently a principal second violinist for San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.