Larry Zalkind, Professor of Trombone at the Eastman School of Music, began playing at the age of eight, though trombone was not his first choice. When the third grader was offered the chance to play an instrument through his public school, he thought of his favorite group, the Tijuana Brass, and asked for a trumpet. But there were no trumpets left by the “Z’s”, so his school music teacher settled it by declaring, “You look like a trombone player!”
While pursuing a doctorate at University of Michigan, Larry won the Principal Trombone position with the Utah Symphony, a position he held for thirty-four years. He was a longtime member of Summit Brass and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has performed and recorded with many orchestras, including the symphonies of Chicago, Atlanta, and St. Louis. Larry also held the position of Acting Associate Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic during Gustavo Dudamel’s first season, 2009-2010.
Larry has released three solo albums on the Summit Records label: Larry Zalkind Plays Baroque Music on the Trombone, Encore!: Larry Zalkind Plays Encores on the Trombone, and Lost in the Stars: The Music of Bernstein, Weill & Sondheim; working with some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians.
This coming season, Larry will again attend the National Orchestra Institute and the Music for All National Festival, as well as the Atlantic Music Festival and the Eastman Summer Trombone Institute. He is a Yamaha Artist and participated in the design of the horns he plays.