Arik Strauss (born in Jerusalem) is a pianist, composer, arranger and music teacher. Strauss – the great grandson of the philosopher Martin Buber – performed in the USA, Japan, Europe and Israel. Strauss spent 12 years in New York where he studied with Jack Reilly and Richie Beirach and performed with top musicians (such as Ron McClure, Akira Tana and Shonzo Ono) and in leading jazz clubs, such as Birdland, New York, and Blue Note, Philadelphia. Strauss was the arranger of a tribute to Duke Ellington and worked with his son, Mercer Ellington.
Back in Israel he released – between 2002 and 2012 – 4 CDs, the last of which, Mostly Ballads, was released by Dot Time Records in 2012. Production of the CD was made possible through the support of ACUM’s social and promotion fund. In 2015 Adieu Tristesse, a new solo piano recording of Strauss’s original music was released for digital downloads and will be released as a vinyl album by Dot Time Records in the near future, both also through the support of ACUM’s social and promotion fund. In Spite of All, a new trio album, was released by the same label in September 2016. Strauss’s very recent in-the-process project is a recording of poems he composed and arranged for two voices and piano to the Hebrew lyrics of his grandfather, Arie Ludwig Strauss, Lea Goldberg and his wife, Sigal Adler-Strauss, who is also singing with him.
In 2010 Strauss was chosen by Israel’s Ministry of Culture and Sport for a six months’ stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris as an artist-in-residence, where he performed, recorded and wrote most of the music for the Mostly Ballads album.
In 2005 and 2011 Strauss performed in the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival and in April 2013 – in Jazzahead held in Bremen. In addition he performed in concerts in jazz clubs in Israel.
Strauss is among the founders and teachers of the jazz department of the Givaataim conservatory.
In June 2016 Strauss relocated to Berlin and already performed in the opening set of Robin’s Nest in the B Flat Berlin and in December celebrated with his trio (Andrea Marcelli on drums and Robin Draganic on bass) the release of his latest album in the Schlot jazz club, Berlin.