The Lyric Piano Quartet

Frederick Zlotkin

Frederick Zlotkin, who won the International Music Competition at Geneva in 1975, is recognized as one of today’s outstanding musical artists. Among his wide range of musical activities are solo engagements with 1’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. In constant demand as a chamber music artist, Zlotkin frequently collaborates with some of the finest performers of our time and often appears as guest artist with such prestigious organizations as The Chamber Music Society of lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and the Minnesota Sommerfest. Most recently he performed the Walton Cello Concerto for the New York City Ballet premiere. Zlotkin, who earned his doctor’s degree from The Juilliard School, is the only present-day cellist who performs Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello with full ornamentation, and his recording of that work for Musical Heritage Society has been hailed as “One of the most gratifying Bach performances on records.” A member on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Brooklyn College of Music, he has also served as Adjunct Professor at SUNY-Purchase and as Music Director of the Montauk Chamber Music Society.

Zlotkin has served as Principal Cellist for the New York City Ballet Orchestra (a post he has held for over 25 years). In the metropolitan area he has also served as Principal Cellist for The Joffrey Ballet, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and a myriad of others. Most recently he has been a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic. He also has recorded with numerous contemporary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Aretha Franklin and others.

In addition to these activities Zlotkin presents unique seminars, lecture/demonstrations and master classes on such subjects as stage fright, baroque ornamentation and practice methodology. His extensive research and study of stage fright, and his presentation at the Third Annual Symposium on Medical Problems of Musicians, held under the auspices of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Aspen Music Festival, received great acclaim. His article, Stage Fright and the Performing Musician has been published in Modem Psychotherapy, a publication of the Westchester Institute Press, and his workshop at the Gilbert Miller Institute was featured on the PBS Innovations series. He has offered workshops for organizations such as the Aspen Music Festival, St. Louis Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and, most recently he presented a Performance Vitality Workshop at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Zlotkin’s musical lineage reaches at least as far back as his great uncle, cellist-conductor Modest Altschuler. His father, Felix Slatkin, was a violinist and conductor and founded the Hollywood String Quartet, of which his mother, Eleanor Aller, was the cellist. His brother, Leonard Slatkin, is Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.

You can read an interview with Fred Zlotkin by cellist Erik Friedlander.

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