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  • Born

    28 May 1955 (age 62)

Laurel Zucker, flautist, is described by Gramophone Magazine 2005 "as polished and gratifying as Rampal and Galway. Zucker's interpretations are splendid all round. Her tone is airy and sweet, her virtuosity graceful!" In the same year Gramophone "strongly recommended" The Complete Telemann Fantasies for Flute and The Complete J.S. Bach Sonatas on Cantilena Records describing her performances as "intelligent, naturally phrased and highly musical with a rich sound beyond reproach." In the August 2003 book, Inspirational Stories from the World's Best Flute Players, Laurel Zucker is featured along side Sir James Galway, Julius Baker, Herbie Mann & Ian Andersen. Fanfare Magazine refers to Ms. Zucker "as a forceful advocate for 20th century music" and when she was awarded the Aaron Copland Fund for Music from the American Music Center to record the 1998 CD, Take a Walk on the Wilder Side-Flute Music by Alec Wilder, Fanfare Magazine stated 'this disc fills an important niche in American Music as well as flute literature."

With 30 self-released CDs available , Ms. Zucker can be heard regularly on every classical U.S., European, Israeli, South American and Canadian radio station. As a concerto soloist and chamber musician she has toured Russia with the Sumara Symphony Orchestra, recorded with the Erkel Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, toured with the Marlboro Festival, performed with the Fountainbleau Festival of France, performed across the U.S. from Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall to the Mondavi Center, etc..

As Professor of Flute at California State University, Sacramento since 1988, Professor Zucker received the 1998 President's Award for Creative and Scholarly Research, two 1998 & 2000 Creative Research Awards, and the 1989 Professional Promise Award.

In 1978 Ms. Zucker won Artists International Competition and gave her Carnegie Recital Hall Debut. Her first performance in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center were at the age of 16 performing principal flute in Alexander Schneider's Orchestra. Ms. Zucker graduated in 1978 from The Juilliard School where she studied with Samuel Baron. Between 1972-75 she attended at the New England Conservatory of Music studying with Paula Robison. In addition she studied with Marcel Moyse and Julius Baker. Ms. Zucker holds a Masters in Music Composition from New York University. Her compositions are published by Bourne Music Company, Seesaw Music, Cantilena Music and recorded on Cantilena Records.

From December 2000 through April 2001 three of Laurel Zucker's recordings: Serenades for Flute & Harp CD, Guiliani-Music for Flute & Guitar CD, and Handel Flute Sonatas CD, were featured in a documentary film for the AUREA ROMA show in Rome, Italy at the Palace of Exhibitions especially for Rome's Jubilee Year!

Gramophone Magazine reviewed three new releases featuring Ms. Zucker including a November CD review of Caliente!-"I continue to be impressed by Zucker's ability to shine in a wide variety of musical styles."

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