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John Arida, piano

John Arida is a pianist and coach based in New York City and specializing in both opera and art song. During the 2016-17 season he appeared in recital with soprano Julia Bullock at the Rochester Lyric Opera and mezzo-soprano Megan Marino at Opera Delaware’s Sunday Artist Spotlight series. Mr. Arida also serves on the music staff at the Juilliard School, Virginia Opera, and Central City Opera, as well as the Prototype Festival, where he will prepare the New York premiere of “anatomy theater” by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang. Past notable performances include Carnegie Hall and Mexico recital debuts with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard; John's Canadian debut with soprano Simone Osborne; and the live-streamed memorial tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel, where his partners included Sir James Galway. Mr. Arida has been on the music staff at the Juilliard School, Central City Opera, the Castleton Festival, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and has held a season-long engagement as Emerging Artist Pianist with Virginia Opera. He holds a master’s degree in collaborative piano from Juilliard as well as a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from SUNY Purchase.