Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician.
Mr. Zalkind was awarded First Prize in the Washington International Competition, as well as top prizes in the Beijing International Cello Competition, Korea’s Isang Yun Gyeongnam International Competition and the Juilliard School Competition. He also won distinction as the top-ranked American and one of the final eight concerto semi-finalists in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
As a soloist, Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with such organizations as the Moscow Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, the Hongzhou Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Tongyeong International Music Festival Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Thierry Fischer, Giancarlo Guerrero, David Alan Miller and several others. Mr. Zalkind has given recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, UT, the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia, The Juilliard School in New York, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, DC and the Beijing Concert Hall in Beijing, China.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Zalkind has participated in numerous music festivals, including Marlboro and “Musicians from Marlboro” tours, Music from Angel Fire, and Ravinia’s “Steans Institute.” He has collaborated in chamber music with Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Charles Neidich, Bruno Canino, Scott St. John, Jonathan Biss, and members of the Guarneri String Quartet. In addition, Mr. Zalkind has performed chamber music at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, New York’s Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a member of the internationally acclaimed Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind performed with Stanley Clarke, Misha Dichter, Ida Kavafian, and Fred Sherry, and toured internationally with jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton.
Mr. Zalkind has a strong interest in teaching and outreach. In addition to teaching as a graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he was assistant faculty for two summers at the Meadowmount School of Music in New York. Mr. Zalkind was awarded a Gluck Community Service Fellowship at The Juilliard School for four years, performing concerts at treatment facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Zalkind also served as guest professor at Utah State University from September-December, 2012.
A Salt Lake City native, Mr. Zalkind began his studies with Richard Hoyt. Mr. Zalkind was accepted to The Juilliard School with presidential distinction in 2004 as a student of Timothy Eddy. He received his bachelors degree from Juilliard in 2008, and his masters degree 2010 as the recipient of Juilliard’s Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship and the Rena Robbins Shapiro Memorial Scholarship in Cello. Mr. Zalkind received his doctorate of musical arts from the University of Michigan in 2013 under the tutelage of Richard Aaron. In addition, Mr. Zalkind worked extensively with Hans Jørgen-Jensen, Ronald Leonard, Pegsoon Whang and Alan Stepansky.
This fall Mr. Zalkind will become an assistant professor of cello at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.