Biography

Cited as "....an artist who expresses ideas with emotion" and "...an exceptionally clean player with an incisive interpretive style" by the New York Times, and "...a true young master" by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette," cellist Richard Locker is well known to music lovers for his distinguished and expressive performances.

He enjoys an exceptionally varied musical life as soloist, chamber musician, teacher, orchestral principal cellist and recording artist. Since winning awards from the American Bach Foundation and the National Arts Club he has toured the world as soloist and chamber musician, served as principal cellist with Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival and New York City Ballet Orchestras, and with the American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Brooklyn Philharmonic, et. al., and taught cello at Princeton University.

A consummate stylist and instrumentalist, he is one of New York's top musicians. He has performed there in over 4000 recording sessions with diverse artists ranging from Leonard Bernstein,Pinchas Zuckerman, James Galway, Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Elvis Costello, and hundreds of others, and in more 150 film scores.

His CD "Jewish Cello Masterpieces" was named one of the "Top 10 CD's of 2003" by the New York Jewish Week, and nominated for "Best Classical CD of 2004" in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards and is consistently a best seller in its genre among independent recordings. A second recent release "Cello Music of Randall Svane" highlights the work of that outstanding American composer.

He plays on a cello by Nicolo Gagliano of Naples (dated 1780), and a bow by Dominique Peccatte.

Mr. Locker's CDs, Masterpieces in Transcription, Jewish Cello Masterpieces, and Cello Music of Randall Svane, are avaialble from cdbaby.com and amazon.com.



"Jewish Cello Masterpieces - TOP 10 CD's of 2003...
- The New York Jewish Week

"...The cello CD is a real gem..."
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"...a musician with a thoughtful temperament who expresses most of the substance beneath the notes..."

"...an exceptionally clean player with an incisive interpretive style."
- The New York Times

"...a true young master who gives thoughtful, mature interpretations without excess or self indulgence..."
- The Pittsburgh Post Gazette