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Paul Zukofsky (b. Brooklyn, New York, October 22, 1943) is an American violinist and conductor known for his work in the field of contemporary classical music.

Zukofsky was born to the Objectivist poet Louis Zukofsky and Celia Thaew Zukofsky, and is of Lithuanian Jewish heritage through his father. His mother, Celia, was a Jewish musician and composer. He studied violin with Ivan Galamian. He won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in 1965.

Zukofsky has worked with, performed, and recorded the works of such 20th century composers as Milton Babbitt, Arthur Berger, Easley Blackwood, Henry Brant, John Cage, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Peter Mennin, Walter Piston, Wallingford Riegger, Giacinto Scelsi, Artur Schnabel, Roger Sessions, Ralph Shapey, Harvey Sollberger, Stefan Wolpe, Charles Wuorinen, and Iannis Xenakis. He appeared as the character of Albert Einstein in the 1976 recording of Glass's opera Einstein On the Beach (1976), and gave the premiere of Glass's Violin Concerto (1987). Cage composed his Freeman Etudes - Books I and II (Etudes I-XVII, 1977-1980) for Zukofsky.

Zukofsky has released 60 recordings, on the Sony, Camerata, CRI, and CP2 labels. He has also worked as a professor of violin.

Zukofsky is the copyright contact for Louis and Celia Zufoksky and is known for presiding over the removal of the Arnold Schoenberg's archive from University of Southern California, for his stringent interpretation of the fair use doctrine in United States copyright law and for his tight control of his parents' archive.


  • Zukofsky, Paul (1976). "On Violin Harmonics." In Perspectives on Notation and Performance ed. Benjamin Boretz and Edward T. Cone (New York: Norton, 1976). Essays reprinted from issues of Perspectives of New Music. The Perspectives of New Music series. ISBN 0393021904. ISBN 9780393021905. ISBN 0393008096. ISBN 9780393008098.

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