Date:Monday, October 1st, 2012
‘Fanfare’ 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 Take a Walk on the Wilder Side-CD, Fanfare stated, “this disc fills an important niche in American Music as well as flute literature.”
‘Guitar’ reviewed CD, Soundscapes of The Americas, states ‘Zucker performs with tremendous authority and musicianship and plays with enviable ease. She also illustrates here that she is a composer of note; there is nothing here which drops below superb.
With 50 CD releases available on Cantilena Records, Ms. Zucker can be heard regularly on worldwide classical radio stations. She has performed many times in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Mondavi Center, etc. As a concerto soloist she has been featured with the American Symphony Orchestra, InterHarmony Orchestra of Italy, Erkel Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, The Orchestra of New York, Gold Country Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Arlington Symphony, and toured with Sumara Orchestra of Russia.
As an active chamber artist she has performed with the Marlboro Festival and Tour, Harvard Chamber Players, Music Fest of Arizona, Music in the Mountains, UC Davis Chamber Players, Wet Ink Festival, Chamber Music Alive!, InterHarmony Festival in Italy.
As a jazz flutist, Jazz Now 2005 describes her performance as “Laurel’s flute cutting the still air with a deep-felt emotion to the very last note.” Claude Bolling in March 2004 on Zucker’s Bolling Jazz Suites CD writes “Dear Laurel Zucker, your recording is beautiful, musician partners are excellent and your flute playing superb!!!”
Of the Flute Music by French Composers CD, Sir James Galway recommends on his website “This is a really good record and should be in the library of all serious students. The repertoire is very good and it is beautifully played by Miss Zucker. I have a copy and think it is outstanding...”
As an active performer and supporter of the flute community, Ms. Zucker has been a guest performer/teacher at the New York Flute Club, The Portland Flute Society, The Houston Flute Society, Los Angeles Flute Club, Dallas Flute Festival, North Carolina School of the Arts and the National Flute Association Convention.
In 2000, The Year of the Rome Aureole Jubilee (hosted by the City of Rome and the Pope) three of Ms. Zucker’s Cantilena Records CDs ( Serenades for flute and harp; Music of Guiliani for flute and guitar; Mozart Flute Quartets ) were played non-stop for six months throughout the largest Convention Center of Rome, Italy and were also featured in a documentary created at UCLA on the Santa Maria Maggiora Chapel of Rome. November 2007, Laurel Zucker and Mark Delpriora were presented with THE GOLD ARTIST AWARD from RadioIndy for their 2007 CD, Masterpieces for Flute and Guitar. In 2006 Ms. Zucker received The Best Classical Solo Instrumental Album Of The Year 2006 from The Just Plain Folks Awards.
As Professor of Flute at California State University in Sacramento since 1988, Ms. Zucker received the 1998 President’s Award for Creative and Scholarly Research, two 1998 and 2000 Creative Research Awards, and 1989 Professional Promise Award and a 2012 UEI travel grant.
In 1978 she won Artists International Competition and gave her Carnegie Recital Hall Debut. Her first performances in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center were at the age of 16, performing 1st flute in the Alexander Schneider’s Orchestra.
Ms. Zucker graduated from Juilliard where she studied with Samuel Baron for 3 years; with Paula Robison for two years at New England Conservatory of Music; and privately with Marcel Moyse and Julius Baker. Ms. Zucker holds a Masters in Music Composition from New York University. Her compositions are published by Cantilena Records Publications, Clear Note Publications, Lyra International, Subito Music and Bourne Music Company and are recorded on Cantilena Records. Since 2006 Ms. Zucker’s travels throughout Central and South American and the Middle East have inspired her to compose an extensive variety of chamber music both jazz and classical.
Three new CD releases representing a variety of her compositions: A Night in Quito for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio and Soundscapes of the Americas and Journeys are now available at fine stores on-line. 2010 Ms. Zucker gave a masterclass series at The French Woods Festival. In late August 2010 Laurel flew to Peru over the Andes and down into the Amazon jungles, where she composed Peruvian Trios and Peruvian Suite for flute and guitar. In summer 2011 she flew to Honduras where she composed The Honduras Suite for Flute and Guitar.
In July 2012 Ms. Zucker performed, gave masterclasses, and coached chamber music at InterHarmony Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy. During August 2012.
The Puget Sound Flute Workshop, will be presenting its first season concert at Rosedale Gardens in Gig Harbor Washington. Look for A Walk in the Rain for Flute and Harp CD release featuring Laurel and Susan Jolles, in September 2012. And CD release, Coffee Land, featuring new music composed by Laurel Zucker will be available December 2012!