and violinist from St. Petersburg,
attended the conservatory there where his father Boris was his
teacher. In 1989, he furthered
his studies in Germany
under the watchful eye of Zakhar Bron. He
took part in the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, Indiana,
in 1994, with Emma Zhokova as his
1996 was a breakout
year for Arkadi: He studied at the Lubeck Musikhochschule,
debuted in The Netherlands with the “Violin Concerto” of
Benjamin Britten with the famous conductor, Valery Gergiev, performed Felix
Mendelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64” with
the Rumanische Staatsphilharmonie,
and appeared on the album, Max
Bruch: Concerto for Violin No.
1 in G minor, Op. 26 – Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120
with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1998, he performed
Hans Pfitzner’s “Violin Concerto”
with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Grote Zaal (Great Hall) near Amsterdam. He was quite active with the RSO and
was the soloist on William Walton’s “Concerto for Violin and
Orchestra” on 30th June 1999, also at the Grote Zaal. On 2nd
May 2004, he performed with them at the Muziekcentrum
Vredenburg in Utrecht in a program that included Aram
Khachaturian’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor”. They returned to the same venue on
10th September 2004 and Arkadi again
was the featured soloist on Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Op. 35.
He teamed up
with the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra on 23rd September in a
performance of Alexander Arutunian’s “Violin
Concerto” at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In October 2005, he was the
concertmaster of the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra in a series of concerts
featuring Mikhail Glinka’s Russlan en Ludmila overture and Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4 in F” and “Violin
Concerto in D”, with Lara St. John as the featured soloist. From Romantic to Baroque: Arkadi was
the featured soloist in the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra’s
Bach-Corelli-Locatelli concert, which included
Bach’s “Violin Concerto No. 2 in E, BWV 1042”.
April 2006, he joined the Dmitri Ferschtman Ensemble
for a recital of chamber music by Dmitri Shostakovich at the Doopsgezinde Kerk in
along with Dmitri Ferschtman and Frank va de Laar, accompanied
vocalist Olga Zionvieva on 28th February
2007 in a concert at Kerk Evangelische
Broedergemeente. They did the same for Charlotte Riedijk on 2nd April 2007 at Concertgebouw
Amsterdam in a performance of Shostakovich’s “7 Romances on
Texts by A. Block, Op. 127”.
In May, he was a member of Ensemble Phoenix in a program entitled “The
Music of the Count of Saint Germain (1696-1784)”
at the St. Nicolai Church in Eckenforde. He was in the orchestra pit for the
world premiere of Mandolino,
a children’s opera composed by Ron Ford, on 16th November
2008, at the Vredenburg Leidsche
Rijn in Utrecht.
As of 2010, Arkadi was the first violin of the Netherlands Radio
Philharmonic Orchestra, for whom he has also served as concertmaster. For a sampling of his virtuosity,
check out his rendition of Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5”
with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra on the Rosa Classic label.