Larry Zalkind

Professor of Trombone




Larry Zalkind, Professor of Trombone, joined the Eastman School of music for the 2014/2015 academic year. He joined Associate Professor Mark Kellogg on Eastman’s trombone faculty and succeeds Professor John Marcellus. Prior to his appointment at Eastman he served as the principal trombone for the Utah Symphony.

While following a multi-faceted career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Zalkind has held the Utah Symphony position since winning the audition in 1981. During the 2009/2010 season he served as Acting Associate Principal Trombone of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. He also was a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra for 36 years, along with performing with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra and the Elkhorn Music Festival in Sun Valley Idaho. He has appeared as featured soloist with the Utah Symphony, Fairbanks Symphony, Southwest Symphony, the West Los Angeles Symphony, the Macon Symphony, the Central Oregon Symphony, and other ensembles including the New Sousa Band, the U.S. Army Orchestra, and the U.S. Army Band. He often premieres new orchestral works for solo trombone, including Henry Wolking’s Concerto for Trombone and Bill Reichenbach’s Streets of Paris, for trombone and wind ensemble. (Reichenbach, a trombonist and composer, received his Bachelor of Music degree at Eastman in 1971.)

Zalkind has released three solo CDs: Encore!; Larry Zalkind Plays Baroque Music for the Trombone,  a collection of baroque transcriptions in different settings; and Lost in the Stars, a collection of songs by Stephen Sondheim, Kurt Weill, and Leonard Bernstein. He is a member of the Summit Brass, participating in the Rafael Mendez Summit Brass Institute each summer. He is also the Trombone Clinician for the Music for All Convention each spring in Indianapolis. Zalkind has performed and recorded with several orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphonies of Chicago, Atlanta, and St. Louis.

A faculty member at the University of Utah for 30 years, Zalkind has been a clinician in national and international workshops and festivals, including the International Trombone Association Trombone Festival and International Tuba-Euphonium Conference, as well as the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka Japan. He has served on the faculties of the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar, Hartwick Summer Music Festival in New York, the Batiquitos Festival of the Arts in San Diego, and the Marrowstone Music Festival in Port Townsend, Wash. He also gives numerous master classes at conservatories and universities throughout the United States.

A Yamaha Artist, Zalkind worked with the corporation on the design of a new orchestral tenor trombone, which he currently plays exclusively.

Zalkind holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California and did doctoral work at the University of Michigan.