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Inception: San Diego, 1990
Current Status: Performs with the Lux Ensemble.
Arkady Luxemburg is one of the most prolific and renowned living Moldovan composers. He received a master of arts degree in 1964 at the Academy of Music in Kishinev, Moldova, in the former Soviet Union. He received degrees in piano performance, composition, and music theory. He has worked as an instructor, a concert pianist, and an accompanist at various institutions around the world, including the Moldova Academy of Music, the Moldova College of Music, the Moldova School of Music, San Diego State University, Mesa College, and David Yellin College. Several of his students have gone on to become world-known performers, including Oleg Maisenberg and Mark Seltzer. He has authored several works on music theory and harmony.
Arkady was given the Moldovan Composer of the Year award in 1967. He is a member of the Union of Composers and the Israeli Composer's League. Notable symphonic works include "Sinfonietta," Symphony for Strings, Two Concertos for Piano with Orchestra, Concerto for Cello with Orchestra, and Symphony Fantasy "Spring Melodies." Notable solo keyboard works include "Aquarelie," "In Memory of Shostakovitch," and "In Memory of Gershwin." A large portion of his works are recorded. They are regularly published and played in the Czech and Slovak Republic, the former Soviet Union, Romania, Hungary, Israel, France, and the United States.
At the end of 1990, Arkady Luxemburg moved to Israel, where he continued his career as a performer, composer, and instructor. Since 1995, he has resided in San Diego, California.