Originally from the Czech Republic, Radim Zenkl discovered bluegrass by listening to records that were smuggled into his communist country. He escaped from his homeland in the summer of 1989 and settled in the San Francisco Bay area. In 1992 he won the Winfield Mandolin Championship. Radim is at the cutting edge of the mandolin's future, designing new mandolin family instruments and creating new playing styles. He has invented a masterful technique, the Zenkl style, in which a single mandolin sounds like two.
According to David Grisman, "Zenkl has re-invented the mandolin in several different ways." Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene, Radim has built an extensive repertoire for solo mandolin, mandola and Irish bouzouki. He is a current member of the Modern Mandolin Quartet and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra. He has recorded several solo CDs (released on Acoustic Disc, Shanachie, and Ventana) and has appeared on more than sixty other recordings. Radim's worldwide performing and teaching credentials include guest appearances at prestigious music institutions such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
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