Edmund Arkus, Pianist
Edmund Arkus has performed for many years in the United States, Japan and England to high critical acclaim. He has been presented in solo recitals, as soloist with orchestras and he has collaborated in many chamber music concerts and sonata recitals.
Mr. Arkus performed on radio in New York on WNYC, WFUV, WQXR, as well as live performances over National Public Radio from Washington DC, WGBH Boston, BBC radio in England, and NHK-TV in Japan.
Over the last 15 years he has collaborated regularly with Keisuke Wakao, Assistant Principal Oboist of the Boston Symphony. Among the numerous concerts they have presented, Mr. Arkus and Mr. Wakao have performed together at Jordan Hall in Boston, at Opera City Recital Hall and Hillside Terrace Plaza Hall in Tokyo.
For the last 10 years Mr. Arkus has performed chamber concerts with Mr. Wakao and members of the Boston Symphony, NHK Orchestra (Tokyo), Berlin Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris in Tokyo, Hakodate, Osaka and Ogaki, Japan and South Korea as well as in the Berkshires and Boston, Massachusetts.
Edmund Arkus first studied the piano with his mother, Helena Arkus. He then worked with pianist, Leopold Mittman. Later, Mr. Arkus entered The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with the distinguished teacher Rosina Lhévinne, and received both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Music.
Mr. Arkus then completed his piano studies with Wolfgang Rosé nephew of the composer, Gustav Mahler. In addition, he studied chamber music with Louis Persinger, teacher of Yehudi Menuhin, and with William Kroll, the first violinist of the Kroll Quartet. Mr. Arkus polished his contemporary music skills with the composer, Stefan Wolpe.
Edmund Arkus thoroughly enjoys sharing his knowledge through his private students and teaching at the Third Street Music School Settlement in Manhattan, New York. He has served on the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College and presented numerous master classes in New York, and in Ogaki, Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan.
Edmund Arkus has 50 years of experience teaching the piano. He teaches all ages and all levels. He believes in the attitude that when one studies the piano it should be fun and fulfilling. He brings to the lessons an ability and a determination to give his students whatever they are seeking in their studies.