"Without music, life would be a mistake." - nietzsche


Originally from Buffalo, NY, Koi Anunta began classical studies in piano at age 4 and violin at age 8. After it was discovered she was gifted with perfect pitch, she had the dual honor of being rigorously trained by noted Ukrainian concert pianist Claudia Hoca and American concert violinist Tom Halpin. At 15, Koi simultaneously received the highest score of any high school student in the entire state of New York that year in both the NY All-State Piano and NY All-State Symphony Orchestra auditions. At 16, she was accepted to Yale University, where she formed her first rock band as lead singer, was Assistant Concertmistress of the Yale Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, and toured coast to coast as Musical Director of her Yale a cappella group while still managing to complete her pre-medical studies, get accepted to medical school at the University of Buffalo, and graduate with a B.A. in English all by the age of 20. While earning her M.D., Koi continued to front and play in a rock band and sang the national anthem at her graduation in front of an audience of over 1000 people, after which she decided to eschew medicine and move to Hollywood at 24 to continue pursuing her lifelong passion for music.

Koi has since contributed violin, keyboards, or vocals to countless label, indie, television, and film recordings in a wide variety of genres that range from hiphop, rock, and country all the way to Middle Eastern traditional music, shared the stage with many major and local artists and bands including Grammy winner Macy Gray, Adam Lambert, and most recently Grammy-nominated Gallant on the Late Late Show with James Corden, and has toured the U.S. and Europe several times over. Her particular strengths are live improvisation and knowing how to fit a melodic line into an existing work as if it should always have been there with raw, genuine emotion.

Currently, Koi is a permanent member of two main projects: Jules Galli, and El & The Broken Bones (fronted by actor Elyes Gabel). She just completed a successful Friday night residency with Jules Galli at the prestigious Hotel Cafe in Hollywood in the summer of 2017, as well as a 5-week European tour in the fall of 2017. The lead single, "It's Too Late," from the debut Jules Galli EP featuring an extensive violin solo was released March 1, 2018 along with a music video (watch it here). The full EP will be released April 5, 2018 and supported by a subsequent U.S. and second European tour. The El & the Broken Bones EP will follow soon after. Also in 2018, an original song Koi wrote, performed, and sang, "Mad Girl's Love Song," will be featured in the British Film "The Goodbye Girl" (release date March 25, 2018). Her violin playing can also be heard on the new BET television documentary "Deathrow Records" alongside Snoop Dogg on the series soundtrack (series premiere February 20, 2018).

Koi is also the founding member of her current original project, the heavy melodic rock band In Love & War, which is heavily influenced by Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Garbage, Portishead, Tori Amos, Massive Attack, 30 Seconds to Mars, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Florence and the Machine, Guns n' Roses, The Killers, M83, Digital Daggers, and Gunship.

When she isn't playing, writing, or recording, Koi enjoys her two rescued horses, two ex-street dogs, some occasional acting, laughing often and much, and a decent whiskey on the rocks.

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Instruments: Fender FV-1 electric violin (custom), Sebastian Kloz 18th century wood violin

19th century Bausch pernambuco bows

Thomastik-Infeld Lakatos Pizzicato Strings (www.thomastik-infeld.com)

Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold Label strings (www.pirastro.com)

L.R. Baggs Para DI 5-band EQ Direct Box (www.lrbaggs.com)

Line 6 relay G10 wireless instrument system

Ultimate Ears UE 18+ Pro custom in-ear monitors (www.ultimatearspro.com)

Electro-Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb pedal (www.ehx.com)

Boss DD-3 Digital Delay pedal and RC-20 Loop Station (www.boss.info/us)

Digitech X-Series Metal Master pedal (www.digitech.com)

Dunlop DImebag Crybaby Wah (www.jimdunlop.com)

Fishman Loudbox Mini amplifier (www.fishman.com)

Pedaltrain pedal board (www.pedaltrain.com)

Coffin Case Black Kross pedal board (www.coffincase.com)

Mogami Gold cables (www.mogamicable.com)



BET (Black Entertainment Television) series soundtrack for "Deathrow Records"

Universal Records

Atlantic Records

Musician's Institute

Macy Gray

Jules Galli

AJ Mitchell

Madi Rindge

The band Fire


MC Imprint

Rachel Quinn & The California Country Band

El & The Broken Bones (Elyes Gabel)

The Goodbye Girl (original song included on film soundtrack, release date 3/25/18)

In Love & War

Rome da Luce

David Gielan



Sea of Cortez



Jordan Banks



Macy Gray


Adam Lambert

Jae Deal (Janet Jackson)

Northern Light Orchestra

Bruce Kulick (KISS guitarist 1984-1996, currently Grand Funk Railroad)

Carmit Bachar (Pussycat Dolls)

Michael Eston (2015 Best New Country Artist - New Music Weekly, multiple #1 singles)

MacLear & Quinn / MEG Records (2014 Crossover Artist of the Year - New Music Weekly, multiple #1 singles)

El & The Broken Bones (Elyes Gabel)

Jules Galli

The band Fire

Maiya Sykes (The Voice) 

Debby Holiday (Rod Stewart)

Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones)

Katja Rieckermann (Rod Stewart)

Matt Starr (Mr. Big, Ace Frehley)

Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot)

Mitch Perry (Lita Ford, Cher)

Walter Ino (Survivor)

Monte Pittman (Madonna)

Paulie Z (ZO2)

Ty Taylor (Rock Star: INXS)

With Erik Himel (Mumiy Troll) and the Sunset Jam house band

With the Ultimate Jam Night house band

With Nick Rosen and the Sayers Sessions (Sayers Club) house band

Dhana Taprogge (Taxi Doll, Universal)

Fredalba (Eric Balfour)

In Love & War


The Hard


Rome da Luce

David Gielan


Jayne & Otherside (Billy Jayne)



Yale Bach Society Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Concertmistress


Notable Performances

AJ Mitchell "Used to Be" music video (violin by Koi Anunta & cello by Nick Rosen, produced by Jess Jackson): 7.5 million views as of 3/20/18, released 6/16/17

Northern Light Orchestra rock supergroup with Bruce Kulick, Mitch Perry, Matt Starr, Walter Ino, Ken Mary, Joey Carter, Robin McAuley, Joe Retta at The Whisky-A-Gogo, Sunset Strip 12/13/16

Live on The Late Late Show with James Corden in support of musical guest Gallant on CBS 11/2/16

Stan Lee's LA Comic Con / Comikaze with Blackhaven 10/29/16

Opening with the band Fire for Beware of Darkness at the Resident, downtown LA 8/24/16

Ultimate Jam Night #68 at The Whisky-A-Gogo, Sunset Strip with the band Fire, 6/28/16

Harry Potter Night @The Last Bookstore, DTLA with Blackhaven, 2500 attendees, 6/25/16

Opening act for the 2014 Wounded Warrior Games, Colorado Springs, CO (Michael Eston)

"Best Night Ever" - Television show on MYX TV, Season 1, Episode 5

Treats Magazine 2013 private Halloween party at No Vacancy, Hollywood, CA attended by celebrities including Paris Hilton and Aaron Paul

Charlie Chaplin Mansion, Hollywood Hills, CA (2013 private event)

Honorable Mention, Buffalo Philharmonic Young Artist Piano Competition



Jules Galli - Europe, 5 weeks, fall 2017

Michael Eston / Twisted Wire Records - U.S. coast to coast, 2015

Veiled - West Coast

Proof of The Pudding (Yale a cappella group, as a member and then as Musical Director) - National

New York All-State Symphony Orchestra, 1st chair by audition

St. Paul's Cathedral Choir - East Coast