Walter Frank

Pianist      Composer      Improviser



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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 Wesleyan University 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

Cathedral.

 

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 Bucknell University 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.

 

 



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