A tribute to Richard Locker

Volume 124, No. 3March, 2024

Richard Murray Locker, 74, a cellist and a member of Local 802 since 1967, died on Jan. 11, 2024 in New York City.

Renowned for his stylish and expressive performances, Mr. Locker won several honors during his career, including the American Bach foundation prize and the National Arts Club prize.

He was born June 4, 1949 in Philadelphia. In 1979, at the age of 30, Mr. Locker made his NYC recital debut to high critical acclaim.

Mr. Locker served as the principal cellist with the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He played in the New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Brooklyn Philharmonic.

Working with a wide range of artists, Mr. Locker independently produced and arranged solo and chamber music recordings on Leggiero Records, most recently his beautiful recordings with his beloved niece Martha Locker as collaborator.

Mr. Locker is survived by his wife Sujin Park, daughter Jeanne Locker, siblings Miriam Lenenberg, Joseph Locker, Ruth Locker and Freda Locker.

He is predeceased by his parents Morton and Elizabeth Locker and brother Michael Locker.

A memorial service for Mr. Locker will be held at All Souls NYC, 1157 Lexington Ave NYC on April 21, 2024 from 3pm to 5pm. Please RSVP to Sujin Park at