Artist: Gabriela Lena Frank

Identity has always been at the center of Gabriela Lena Frank’s music. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Frank is something of a musical anthropologist. She has travelled extensively throughout South America and her pieces reflect and refract her studies of Latin-American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. She writes challenging idiomatic parts for solo instrumentalists, vocalists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras.

Gabriela Lena Frank
Born:
Berkeley, CA

Based:
Oakland, CA

Compositions:
Adagio para AmantaníCanto de Harawi: “Amadeoso”Ccollanan MaríaCompadrazgoCuatro Canciones AndinasDanza de los Saqsampillos (marimba version)HilosInca DancesLeyendas: An Andean Walkabout (string orchestra)Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout (string quartet)

Recordings:
Frank: Hilos (Threads); Danza de los Saqsampillos; Adagio para Amantani; QuijotadasCompadrazgoCcollanan MaríaCuatro Canciones AndinasInca DancesLeyendas: An Andean Walkabout (string quartet)

Affiliations:

Composer-in-Residence, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Composer-in-Residence, Houston Symphony Orchestra

Chiara String Quartet

Silk Road Ensemble


Awards:

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Medal of Excellence from the Sphinx Organization


Education:

Rice University

University of Michigan


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