Peter Arfsten

A New York City native, Peter Arfsten began his flute studies at the age of 14, having no prior music education. He completed his Bachelors of Music and Performance Certificate at The Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College and is currently completing his Masters in Flute Performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music.


His career so far has afforded him the opportunity to play all throughout the United States as well as Europe. He has won numerous awards, including first prize, The Arden J. Yocky Scholarship, provided by the Tuesday Musical Association in March 2019, and first place in the annual Darius Milhaud Competition held at the Cleveland Institute of Music.


He has been a member of The Greenwich Symphony, in Greenwich, Connecticut since January 2017, The Cleveland Opera Theatre Orchestra since September 2018, and in March 2019,Mr. Arfsten won the piccolo chair of the Mansfield Symphony. He is also currently a Teaching Artist in Residence at The Cleveland School of the Arts. In his spare time, Mr. Arfsten enjoys percolating coffee, rereading works by J.R.R. Tolkien, and researching and performing obscure flute works. His principal teachers have been Susan Rotholz, Elizabeth Mann, and Mary Kay Fink.