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 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 many celebrated conductors, including Ludovic Morlot, Thierry Fischer, Giancarlo Guerrero, and David Alan Miller.
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, Tongyeong Arts Center in Korea, The Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, The Juilliard School in New York, the Kennedy Center 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, Olympic Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, Musica Mundi in Belgium, Twickenham Festival, and Ravinia’s Steans Institute. Mr. Zalkind has performed chamber music at Carnegie Hall, the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC., New York’s Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a member of the internationally acclaimed Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind toured internationally with jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Gary Burton.
Mr. Zalkind has a strong interest in teaching and outreach. He 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 is in his first year as Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.