Zenkl, Radim


  • From Czechoslavakia (defected to the U.S. four months before the fall of Communism). Lives in Oakland, California.
  • Billed as “The only musician in the world performing original, solo mandolin music.”
  • Has worked with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Psychograss, others.
  • 1984, won the national mandolin championship (Czechoslavakia).
  • 1992, won the national mandolin championship (U.S.A) in Winfield, Kansas.
  • 1992, released Galactic Mandolin album (Acoustic Disc)
  • 1994, released Czech It Out album (Acoustic Disc).
  • 1999, released Restless Joy album (no label).