Born in Norwich, England, Ali Berkok's early piano lessons revealed a talent for music that eventually led him to complete a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen's University. Today, Berkok has become one of Toronto's most versatile pianists. Spring 2011 will see him at the piano for Caitlin Smith's Tiny Alligator Large Band, Muskox, and The Earthtones, in addition to his own band, Arkana. In addition to these group collaborations, Ali has performed as a sideman with Kurt Elling, Jane Bunnett, Alex Dean, David Buchbinder, Shannon Butcher, Don Palmer, Nick Fraser and Andrew Downing. He is currently completing his Master’s of Music degree at the University of Toronto. Ali's instructors past and present include Dave Barton, Greg Runions, Don Thompson, Dave Restivo, David Braid, Mark Eisenman, Andrew Markow, Andrew Downing and Nick Fraser.