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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Jason Arkis

Jason Arkis

Acting Principal Timpani
Dimitri Mitropoulos Chair

Jason Arkis joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1992 as associate principal timpani and associate principal percussion, after a seven-year tenure as principal percussion of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. In October 2015 he was named acting principal timpani. Along with his percussion section colleagues, in May 2008 he was featured in performances of Carmen Suite, an orchestration by Shchedrin of themes from Bizet’s Carmen.

In addition to playing in chamber ensembles at several Sommerfest concerts, Arkis has often been a member of Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra Kinder Konzert ensembles. 

Arkis earned a degree from the Juilliard School of Music in his native New York while studying with Saul Goodman, Buster Bailey and Roland Kohloff. For one season he held the post of principal percussion with the Caracas Philharmonic in Venezuela. He lives in St. Louis Park with his wife Kris and their two children.