Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, Cellist Matthew Zalkind performs regularly as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with such organizations as the Utah Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, and many orchestras here and abroad. Mr. Zalkind performed the concerti with many celebrated conductors, including Ludovic Morlot, Thierry Fischer, Giancarlo Guerrero, and David Alan Miller.
A frequent recitalist, he has given solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Tongyeong Arts Center in Korea, Moscow Conservatory, and Beijing Concert Hall. Mr. Zalkind is a regular at numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro and “Musicians from Marlboro” tours. As a former member of the Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind toured to Japan, England, Ethiopia, and every region of the United States with jazz legends Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Stanley Clarke. He garnered top prizes in the Washington International Competition, Isang Yun International Competition, Beijing International Competition, and the Juilliard School Concerto Competition. With his partner Alice Yoo, Mr. Zalkind is the Co-Artistic Director of the Denver Chamber Music Festival, a premier destination for chamber music in Colorado. Mr. Zalkind is the cello professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and has diplomas from Juilliard and the University of Michigan. He plays on a rare Italian cello made by Florentine maker Luigi Piatellini c. 1760, and a bow by John Dodd c. 1800.