THE FELIX SLATKIN WEBSITE
 

FELIX SLATKIN (1915 - 1963) was an arranger, conductor and violinist.  He was active in Hollywood during the 40's, 50's and early 60's.  During his career he won wide acclaim and respect for his innovative and inspired contributions to many recordings.

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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 Quartet.    


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LINKS:

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)

RARE ARMED FORCES RADIO SHOWS - recordings to be broadcast in September 2014


PHOTOS AND SCANS:

"Army Fiddlers" - Taken when Felix served in the 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 recording session

Felix Slatkin conducting (portrait)

1956 Capitol Records magazine ad featuring Felix Slatkin

Capitol Records ad congratulating Felix for 1958 Grammy Award

Ad congratulating all Capitol Records 1958 Grammy winners, including both Felix Slatkin and the Hollywood String Quartet        
          Closeup of Felix         Closeup of HSQ

Billboard Magazine items:

Obituary in Billboard Magazine (Feb. 23, 1963)

Billboard Magazine: "Our Winter Love" release noted (Feb. 23, 1963)


LEONARD SLATKIN LINKS:

FREDERICK ZLOTKIN 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 Leonard
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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