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Arnold Popkin grew up in Trenton, N.J. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for 8 years – undergraduate and medical school. He then completed an internship and residency in ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He subsequently practiced 14 years in central New Jersey and 33 years in Charlottesville, Virginia, specializing in the fitting of contact lenses.
He is also a very accomplished pianist, having started lessons at age 3. He managed to combine a rich musical life with his medical practice. He has recorded eight CDs of classical piano pieces which are available at cdbaby.com. He gave over 20 solo recitals at the University of Virginia, and has given concerts in several other states. He has performed often with many accomplished violinists, cellists, flutists, and singers, and has also begun composing for the past 5 years.
He lives in Charlottesville with his wife Phyllis, an author and motivational speaker. They love pets, and presently share their home with Romeo, a 20-month old Shih Tzu (their sixth Shih Tzu) and Gypsy, their wonderful 15-year old lap cat.