Born in Minsk, to a family of professional musicians, Kyril Zlotnikov began his studies at the Belarusian State Music Academy and continued his studies in Israel with Prof. Uzi Wiesel and Hillel Zori. While a student, Kyril Zlotnikov participated in master classes and courses with such prominent musicians as Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma or Natalia Gutman.
Along with his extensive chamber music appearances Kyril Zlotnikov has performed and been broadcasted as a soloist with internationally renowned orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Ludwigsburg Symphony Orchestra, The Gulbenkian Orchestra, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Jerusalem Camerata and enjoys artistic collaboration with acclaimed conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez…
Winner of several competitions, Kyril Zlotnikov is also a regular guest at major chamber music festivals. A keen recitalist and chamber musician, Zlotnikov has shared the stage with the foremost artists of today such as Daniel Barenboim, Jessye Norman, Pierre Boulez, Elena Bashkirova, Mitsuko Uchida, Natalia Gutman, Tabea Zimmerman, Miriam Fried, Hagai Shaham, Michael Tree, Asher Fish, Nikolaj Znaider, Lang Lang and Richard Stoltzman.
Since 2003 Kyril Zlotnikov has been a principal cellist and a teacher of the cello group at the “West-Eastern Divan Orchestra” under Maestro Daniel Barenboim. He also frequently takes part in special projects and tours of the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra as a principal cellist.
Zlotnikov has recorded the complete Mozart piano trios with Maestro Daniel Barenboim and violinist Nikolaj Znaider.
Kyril Zlotnikov plays a 1710 Giovanni Battista Ruggieri cello which was loaned generously to him from a private collection.