|Associated acts||Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NYCO|
Atkatz left the CSO in 2006 to devote himself full-time to NYCO. The band released its debut album, Two, in 2005.
Atkatz grew up in Queens, New York, where he began studying percussion at an early age. He studied at the preparatory division of the Manhattan School of Music and graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School before moving on to Boston University, where he received a bachelor's degree in percussion performance and music education. He later studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and received a professional studies degree in percussion performance from Temple University.
NYCO released its second album, Realize, in June 2008, and its third album, Future Imperfect, in October 2012.