Arsen Čarkić is a pianist, conductor, performer and music professor with a remarkable artistic personality and a multifaceted musical expression.
His formal music education started in 1985 in Sarajevo with professors Srdjan Dalagija and Verica Verbić, followed by university degrees in Academy of Arts in Novi Sad and Faculty of Music Belgrade where he studied with esteemed professors Kemal Gekić and Jokut Mihailović. He earned his Magister Artium degree in the class of prof. Nevena Popović. During his education, he regularly performed, recorded and participated in numerous competitions and festivals achieving great results and awards, including “Olga Mihajlović Foundation” award for the most talented student of Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
A dedicated teacher, he started his teaching career early as a piano student demonstrator at Belgrade Faculty of Music, teaching assistant at East Sarajevo Academy of Music, assistant professor at Slobomir University Bijeljina, teaching assistant at the Department of Solo-singing in the class of prof. Radmila Smiljanić, etc. and is currently working as associate professor at Piano Department of Banja Luka Academy of Arts. In addition to university teaching, he eagerly works with many young artists giving masterclasses and lectures in the countries of the region and frequently participates as a jury member of various piano and choir international competitions.
His artistic work includes regular performances as recitalist, concerto soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, while his work as a conductor of mixed and male choirs and ensembles was well awarded in several competitions and festivals. He also composes, records, performs, arranges and produces music for films and festivals, often taking part in various on-stage and other artistic projects.
He shared a stage with many respected artists, orchestras and ensembles of Balkan region and the world, such as: Željko Pavlović (a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic and Houston Symphony, USA), Snežana Savičić-Sekulić (Belgrade opera principal soloist), Shoko Kanno, (mezzosoprano, Tokyo/Vienna), Dakić Olja (Berlin Opera), Oliver Njego (Belgrade opera principal soloist), maestro Đorđe Stanković (Belgrade Opera and Madlenianum opera conductor), Banja Luka Philharmonics, Sarajevo Music Academy Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonics, Royal strings of St. George, Stanković Music School Orchestra, Vlado Milošević Music School Orchestra, Srbadija Choir, Female Chamber Choir Banjalučanke, etc.
An artist with a vast repertoire, he performed in numerous concert halls like: Anton Bruckner Hall (Linz, Austria), Belgrade Philharmonics Concert Hall, Sarajevo Philharmonics Concert Hall, Banski dvor Banja Luka Concert Hall, Kolarac Endowment Belgrade Music Galery, SANU Music Galery, Belgrade Cultural Center Music Galery, Sarajevo Army Concert Hall, Yugoslavian Army Concert Hall, Academy of Arts Banja Luka Chamber Concert Hall, Slobomir University Concert Hall, Bijeljina Cultural Center Concert Hall, Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Arts Concert Hall, Novi Sad Town Hall, etc.