Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone,” (The New York Times) American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed world-wide as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. The solo program includes Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, and Zoltán Kodály’s famous Sonata for Cello Solo op. 8. As a former member of the Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind toured internationally with jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, and Gary Burton. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from Juilliard, and a D.M.A. from the University of Michigan. Mr. Zalkind plays on a rare Italian cello made in 1760 by Luigi Piatellini.
“This is clearly a young cellist with a big future, who combines richly resonant tone and impeccable intonation with a vividness of communication that has his listeners in the palm of his hand.” —Bernard Jacobson, Seen and Heard International