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 built a reputation as one of the leading flutists of his generation and “a modern day Rampal” (Cvnc.org).
Jake 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 flute with the Dallas Symphony, Symphony SONG (Korea) and guest Solo Flute with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra including their 2017 spring tour.
Before graduating from the Yale School of Music as recipient of the Nyfenger Award for the top woodwind player in his graduating class, 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.
Highly sought after as an educator, he is currently on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival and is a Wm. S. Haynes flutes performing artist. He has taught masterclasses at the Yale School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Depaul School of Music, University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Houston Flute Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Flute Association.
Jake is one of the few musicians to be featured on a top-five album on each of Billboard’s Top 200, Classical and on the Hip Hop and RnB album charts. He has appeared on recordings with The Cleveland Orchestra, The Fort Worth Symphony and with renowned popular artists like Roddy Ricch, Ty Dolla $ign and Lecrae among many others.