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. As a guest flutist, he has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Symphony SONG (Korea), the New Haven Symphony, and the Princeton Symphony. 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. Jake made his NFA convention debut at age 15 premiering Gary Schocker’s flute duet “French Toast” with his brother Gabe, his flute duo partner, and Gary Schocker on the piano.
He is published in “Flute Talk”, spreading positive messages about classical music. 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.