Born in Minsk, Belarus to a family of professional musicians, Kyril Zlotnikov began his studies at the Belarusian State Music Academy with Vladimir Perlin. He continued his studies in Israel with Uzi Wiesel and Hillel Zori, completing his musical education under the direction of Michael Khomitzer at Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. While a student, Kyril participated in master classes and courses with such prominent musicians as Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikov, Aldo Parisot and Georgy Kurtag.
Since 1991 Kyril has been a recipient of a musical achievement scholarship from the America-Israel Culture Foundation. He has won prizes in many contests including the Clairmont Competition and the Braun-Roger Siegl Competition, with the Pierre Tarcali Prize being the most recent accomplishment. He is a founding member of one of the most dynamic and exciting young string quartets currently performing: The Jerusalem Quartet. The musicians give performances all over the world and have become Israel's leading string quartet.
Along with his extensive chamber music appearances, Kyril has performed and been broadcast as a soloist with internationally renowned orchestras and enjoys artistic collaboration with acclaimed conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, Lawrence Foster and Asher Fish. He has a wide repertoire covering the important cello works of the baroque, the classical period, as well as romantic and contemporary music.
Since 2003 Kyril has been a principal cellist and a teacher of the cello group at the "West-Eastern Divan Orchestra" under Maestro Barenboim. Kyril plays a 1970 Sergio Peresson cello kindly loaned by Maestro Barenboim. This instrument was the favourite cello of his late wife, the famous cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Kyril is also very grateful to America-Israel Culture Foundation who generously loans him a 1743 J.B. Guadagnini cello.