Shirley F. Garvey Chair
Hailed by the Dallas Morning News for his “radiant tone and generous expressivity”, and the Fort Worth Star Telegram for his “musicianship, clear sound, precise intonation, and empathic dynamic levels”, Jake Fridkis has quickly established himself as one of the leading flutists of his generation. Before graduating from the Yale School of Music, he won the principal flute position in the South Dakota Symphony where he played for two months before winning the same position with the Fort Worth Symphony where he is currently principal.
He has performed as a concerto soloist in Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, and throughout the United States. He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and played guest principal with the Dallas Symphony, Symphony SONG (Korea) and guest Solo Flute with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra including their 2017 spring tour.
Jake earned his Masters and Artist Diploma degrees while studying with Ransom Wilson at the Yale School of Music, receiving the coveted Thomas Nyfenger memorial prize for highest achievements. His other studies have been at the Cleveland Institute with Josh Smith, and at Aspen with Mark Sparks.
He has published several articles in “Flute Talk”, spreading positive messages about classical music. A dedicated teacher, he has taught masterclasses at Yale, TCU, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Texas at Arlington and the Roundtop Music Festival and will be joining the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in 2017. He has premiered several works by noted composer Gary Schocker, and performed as a duo with harpist/composer Hannah Lash. Jake plays on a 14k Haynes Flute and is a Haynes Artist. Jake can be heard on recordings on Harmonia Mundi with FWSO and on his recording of Beethoven Flute Sonatas and duo with Ransom Wilson for Naxos.