Born in Queens, New York, Edward "Ted" Atkatz began his studies at the age of ten at the Bloomingdale House of Music and later attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. He then studied with Tom Gauger at Boston University. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in percussion performance and music education magna cum laude, he spent a year teaching music in elementary schools in Worcester, Massachusetts.
While attending graduate school at the New England Conservatory of Music, Ted was invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in 1995 and 1996. Ted earned a professional studies degree at Temple University, where he worked with Alan Abel of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
He has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, the Harrisburg Symphony, and the New Hampshire Symphony. Ted was a member of the New World Symphony in Florida and has been a member of the percussion faculty at DePaul University since September 1998. He was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's percussion section in October 1997 and joined the Orchestra as principal percussionist that December. He has since resigned this position to follow his passion as a lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboard players in the highly successful band band NYCO.
ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) recently awarded Ted Atkatz a songwriting award in their Jazz and Popular Music Division. This award is based on the recorded music of NYCO, including both of the band's albums, "Two" and "Realize", of which Ted is the principal songwriter.