As a concert soloist, Laurel Zucker has been featured with the American Symphony Orchestra, InterHarmony Festival Orchestra, Erkel Chamber Orchestra, The Orchestra of New York, Gold Country Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Symphony Arlington, and toured with Sumara State Philharmonic Academic Symphony. As a chamber artist, she has performed with the Marlboro Festival and Tour, Harvard Chamber Players, Arizona MusicFest, Music in the Mountains, UC Davis Chamber Players, Wet Ink Ensemble, and Chamber Music Alive!.
With 68 CD releases available on Cantilena Records, Zucker can be heard regularly on worldwide classical radio stations. She has performed many times at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Mondavi Center. An active recitalist and supporter of the flute community, Zucker has been a guest performer/teacher at the New York Flute Club, Portland Flute Society, Houston Flute Society, Los Angeles Flute Club, Dallas Flute Festival, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the National Flute Association Convention. Zucker has held yearly workshops and concerts on various types of chamber ensembles, and regularly presents masterclasses.
A Professor of Flute at California State University in Sacramento since 1988, Zucker has received the 1989 Professional Promise Award, the 1998 President’s Award for Creative and Scholarly Research, Creative Research Awards in 1998 and 2000, and several UEI travel grants. Zucker is also the recipient of the 2013 Creative and Scholarly Research Award from the School of Arts at California State University.
In 1978, Zucker won the Artists International Competition, leading to her Carnegie Recital Hall Debut. She gave her first performances in Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center at the age of 16, performing 1st flute in the Alexander Schneider Orchestra. Zucker graduated with a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Baron. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Paula Robison. She has also studied privately with Marcel Moyse and Julius Baker. Zucker holds a masters degree in Music Composition from New York University.