Edmund Arkus

Piano Department

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. Edmund has also performed on radio in New York on WNYC, WFUV, WQXR, as well as live performances broadcast over National Public Radio from Washington DC, WGBH Boston, BBC radio in England, and NHK-TV in Japan.

Over the last fifteen years he has collaborated regularly with Keisuke Wakao, Assistant Principal Oboist of the Boston Symphony. Among the numerous concerts they have presented, Edmund 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 ten years Edmund 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 Cleveland, Ohio, the Berkshires and Boston, Massachusetts.

First studying the piano with his mother, Helena Arkus, Edmund later worked with pianist, Leopold Mittman. Later, he 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. He 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, and further polished his contemporary music skills with the composer, Stefan Wolpe.

Edmund 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.