Hyrum Arnesen is an intense musician, passionate teacher, and prize-winning pianist. He began studying the piano at age 6 and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University (BYU). He now continues his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM), studying with Dr. Ran Dank. As a performer, Hyrum has soloed with several symphonies playing concertos by Haydn, Macdowell, Rachmaninoff, and Liszt. He is also a winner in multiple state, national, and international piano competitions.
Hyrum has taught piano for ten years and enjoys helping young people ages 5 to 70 discover great music and perform at a high level. For him, music teaching goes beyond notes and rhythms. He strives to instill qualities of hard work, patience, confidence, and determination in his students. Hyrum is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) chapter at CCM and has presented many times at national teaching conferences.
Hyrum also finds great fulfillment in collaborating with other musicians and has accompanied numerous winners in school, local, and state competitions. In addition, he is a founding member of the Ensign Piano Quartet – a group of four pianists whose mission is to engage audiences with stunning arrangements of popular tunes, sacred music, and Classical favorites. In August 2018 the group appeared on Radio station Classical 89’s “Highway 89” program featuring a full-length concert recorded in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hyrum’s love for music and performing stems from his belief in its transformative power and he hopes that his audiences and students will not only enjoy but also be uplifted and changed by his music. In addition to his passion for music, Hyrum enjoys puns, camping, and spending time with his wife Haley and daughter Eleanor.