Pianist, composer and improviser Walter Frank was born in Buenos Aires,
Argentinian pianist, composer and improviser, Walter Frank
has performed, composed and taught music in three different continents. He
holds a B.Mus from the Conservatorio
Municipal de Musica “Manuel de Falla”,
graduate studies in Israel,
and an MA from WesleyanUniversity in Composition
and Piano Performance.He performed the Argentinian premieres of William Duckworth’s
music for piano and the world premiere of Duckworth’s Meditations on Satie as part of his involvement in the epic webcast
His Piano Quintet, No More
Series, was performed by the Flux Quartet in November 2004. In early 2005 he
commissioned piano pieces from Wesleyan graduate composers and subsequently
performed the program at the Renee Weiler Concert
Hall in New York City.
The ensemble WesWinds premiered “Paysage”,
a piece for woodwind ensemble commissioned by the conductor in 2005.
Mr. Frank has recorded
over 100 improvisations, and in a recently released double CD set of duos with Anthony Braxton his playing is said to “...revolve
closer to instant composition than free improvisation...” (Francois Couture).
In March of 2005, Mr. Frank was a visiting artist at BucknellUniversity where he performed the music
of William Duckworth alongside
pianist "Blue" Gene Tyranny.Mr. Frank is the recipient of awards and grants from the Institutional
Auspice of the Main Directorate of Cultural Affairs of the Argentine Consulate,
The Blumenthal Wolff Foundation (Israel),
EMBA (Escuela de Musica de Buenos Aires), the Bank
of Boston Foundation and Meet the Composer Organization.