Andy is a young talented cocktail pianist who has a wide vocabulary of music. He predominately plays jazz and popular song covers, but is also RCM classically trained which allows him to play any classical pieces as well.
Andy plays at weddings, cafes, restaurants, corporate parties, and other types of concerts/events.
He guarantees a great experience for the guests he plays for!
We held our annual staff holiday party and found a hidden gem through Gig Salad named Andy Kitusa. We were amazed at how well he played and the variety of pieces he played both old and new. It was a pleasure having him play at our event and will certainly ask him to perform again in the years to come.
All the best,
The Psychiatry Team
Price Range: $150 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Bosnian/Serbian
What to Expect
Professional well-rounded musician who comes well prepared with the clients' requests.
Able to play any kind of music you may request. From Jazz, Classical, Pop, Relgious, Folk, etc. Andy also can do weddings and other sorts of private events upon request.
Born and raised in Toronto, Andy started playing piano at an early age of just 5 years old. He finished his RCM Grade 10 in Classical Piano Performance for the Royal Conservatory of Music in 2012, just as he started his first year of high school.
Andy completed his four years of high school at the renowned Mississauga Arts School; Cawthra Park Secondary School, where he performed weekly and had the chance to study with highly specialized teachers. Notably, Juno nominated trombonist and composer, Andrew Jones. Throughout high school, Andy was also involved in various in school events which included; jazz bands, musical pit bands, cocktail gigs, and solo classical performance opportunities which all helped lead him to decide to pursue a career in music.
Currently, Andy is working towards his Bachelors in Jazz Piano Performance at the University of Toronto. As one of North America’s top institutions for Jazz studies, Andy is surrounded by incredibly talented and hardworking colleagues and teachers. Some teachers he has studied with at UofT have included many notable jazz musicians in the Canadian and world jazz scene including; Jim Vivian, Steve Wallace, Jim Lewis, William Carn, David Occhipinti, and Terry Promane. In addition, he is being taught privately by Juno nominated pianist Chris Donnelly.
On top of his well-versed knowledge regarding classical and jazz music, Andy is a prevalent music instructor within the Greater Toronto Area. Over the last 6 years Andy has been sharing his passion of music with others in hopes of enriching others’ lives with music. Even as a full time student, Andy manages to teach over 16 students per week.
As a bandleader and musical collaborator, Andy has performed and recorded for many events and projects. His own jazz band that was created in high school;‘Tranzzit’, is his main outlet for creating music that he enjoys and wants to share. His most recent self-directed project was a take on a famous Brazilian Bossa Nova tune called Waters of March.
Influences & Inspiration
Dianna Krall, Oscar Peterson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Kenny Wheeler, Herbie Mann, The Rat Pack
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