Frederick Zlotkin

Frederick Zlotkin, winner of the International Music Competition at Geneva, is recognized as one of today’s outstanding cellists. Among the highlights of his wide-ranging musical career are solo engagements with l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony; chamber music appearances as a member of the Lyric Piano Quartet; guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and the Minnesota Sommerfest; and his post, for over forty years, as Solo Cellist for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center. He also performs regularly as a substitute with the New York Philharmonic.

Zlotkin, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School, studied with Gregor Piatigorsky, Leonard Rose, and Channing Robbins. He is the only present-day cellist who performs Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello with full ornamentation; his recording of that work has been hailed as “one of the most gratifying Bach performances on records.” A member of the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Queens College, and the Brooklyn College of Music, he has also served as adjunct professor at SUNY Purchase and as music director of the Montauk Chamber Music Festival. He has been on the Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1983.