The American cellist and conductor, Kenneth Slowik, is artistic director of the Chamber Music Program at the National Museum of American History. He is a founding member of the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Axelrod and Smithson string quartets, the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and the Castle Trio, appears frequently with Anner Bylsma's Archibudelli, and has been a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra. Recently, he has been devoting increasing amounts of time to conducting oratorio, opera, and the orchestral repertoire. His extensive discography, spanning composers from Monteverdi and J.S. Bach to Arnold Schoenberg and Richard Strauss, includes more than fifty recordings, many of them international prize winners, featuring him as cellist, conductor, violist da gamba, and keyboard continuo player: his critically praised liner notes accompany over half of these releases.
A member of the University of Maryland faculty, Kenneth Slowik is also artistic director of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute, and conductor of the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra.