A former principal percussionist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Edward Atkatz has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. Over the past two years while living in Los Angeles, Edward has played on several movie scores, including "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Up". He has also participated in the St. Barts Music Festival since 2000. Prior to winning his Chicago Symphony position in 1997, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Florida. He is currently on faculty at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida.

Mr. Atkatz began his studies at age 10 at the Bloomingdale House of Music and later attended the preparatory division at Manhattan School of Music. He holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance and a music education degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University. Prior to graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, he taught music in elementary schools in Worcester, Massachusetts. While in graduate school, he was invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for two summers, and in 1996 he served as timpanist for Tanglewood’s production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, conducted by Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Atkatz earned a professional studies degree at Temple University, where he worked with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

An avid long-distance runner, Mr. Atkatz ran the Chicago Marathon in 2001 with a time of 2:59:32. He enjoys performing various styles of music, is a singer/songwriter, and plays guitar and keyboard for the band NYCO. The band was the subject of a 2008 New York Times article and its music has been featured on MTV and in advertising for Volkswagen and JC Penney.
Mr. Atkatz has been a member of the Music Academy faculty since 2003.


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Ted's Symphonic Signature Stick:
Ted Atkatz Signature (SATK)
Long taper for great control and clarity during soft playing. Persimmon
L = 17" | Dia. = .660"
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Check out NYCO's Debut Album

NYCO's independently released debut album, 'Two,' is the culmination of two years of work by the band, whose principal songwriters are Ted Atkatz (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Rob Kassinger (vocals, guitars, upright bass) and Michael Valerio (vocals, bass).

The album was produced by Jim Tullio, known primarily for his work with Los Lonely Boys, John Martin, Mavis Staples, and The Band. He has won two Grammys for his work over the last 20 years, and his signature sound is evident on ‘Two.’

‘Two’ was mixed by Shelly Yakus, who has received critical acclaim for his work on the albums of John Lennon, Don Henley, Tom Petty, and U2. Although Shelly spent many years working with artists from major record labels, he has spent the last few years working with unsigned artists. Both Shelly and Jim took an interest in NYCO, and their work has produced unbelievable results!

To hear tracks from Ted's new album or to purchase a copy, visit NYCO online: