FELIX SLATKIN (1915 - 1963) was an
conductor and violinist. He was active in Hollywood during the
50's and early 60's. During his career he won wide acclaim and
for his innovative and inspired contributions to many recordings.
In the 40's, Slatkin was the concertmaster of the 20th Century Fox studio orchestra. He later conducted the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra and also formed the Concert Arts Orchestra, recording with both ensembles. He was Frank Sinatra's concertmaster and conductor of choice during the Capitol years of the 50's. Also during the 50's, Slatkin produced and conducted two outstanding albums of military music on the Capitol label. He later recorded several albums for Liberty leading the "Fantastic Strings" at the height of the "Stereo Action" period. Like many studio musicians, he was also virtuoso performer in his own right. He recorded as a classical violinist, and he and his wife, cellist Eleanor Aller -- also a studio regular for whom John Williams wrote a prominent part in the score of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"-- founded a legendary American classical group, the Hollywood String Quartet.
Felix Slatkin and Eleanor Aller had two sons.
Leonard Slatkin is Music Director (2008) of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Laureate of the St.Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
Frederick Zlotkin (Fred uses the original Russian spelling of
the family name) is cellist for the New York Philharmonic, Principal
Cellist for the New York City Ballet and cellist for the Lyric Piano
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INTERVIEW WITH FRED
ZLOTKIN (with reminiscences of life in the Felix Slatkin household)
FELIX SLATKIN DISCOGRAPHY
FELIX SLATKIN AND FRANK SINATRA
THE HOLLYWOOD STRING QUARTET (Felix Slatkin, violin)
PHOTOS AND SCANS:
"Army Fiddlers" - Taken
Army Air Force Tactical Command, c. 1944-5, in
a musical capacity. From left to right: Bronislaw Caper,
Felix, Marshall Sosson and Ruggiero Ricci (a battalion of fiddle
players for sure!). (Courtesy Fred Zlotkin)
With Irma Neumann - Taken on the
recording stage of 20th Century Fox (year unknown). Left to
right: Violinist Irma Neumann, flutist Louella Howard and Felix.
(Courtesy Fred Zlotkin)
Felix Slatkin conducting an orchestral
Slatkin conducting (portrait)
Capitol Records ad congratulating Felix for
1958 Grammy Award
all Capitol Records 1958 Grammy winners, including both Felix Slatkin
and the Hollywood String Quartet
Closeup of Felix Closeup of HSQ
Billboard Magazine items:
Billboard Magazine (Feb. 23, 1963)
LEONARD SLATKIN LINKS:
Leonard Slatkin and Frederick Zlotkin performed the Korngold Cello Concerto at Kennedy Center on February 8, 2002.
Here is a link to a preview of that concert:
Kennedy Center listing
Other links of interest:
NY Times article about Fred and
EasyListeningHQ.com (excellent resource page)
Salli Terri - unofficial home page (Slatkin recorded with this vocalist on several occasions)
Bob Thompson (Atomic Magazine page) (Bob collaborated with Slatkin on various projects)
Space Age Pop: Leo Arnaud (collaborated with Slatkin on "CHARGE!")
Space Age Pop: String Groups (includes entry for Fantastic Strings of Felix Slatkin)
Both Sides Now Album Discographies Main Page (excellent resource for Liberty discography info)
The Hollywood String Quartet, Classical Notes, Peter Gutmann
Find-a-Grave page for Felix Slatkin (You can leave a memorial tribute here)
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