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
Berkeley, CA

Oakland, CA

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)

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


Composer-in-Residence, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Composer-in-Residence, Houston Symphony Orchestra

Chiara String Quartet

Silk Road Ensemble


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

Latin Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition

Medal of Excellence from the Sphinx Organization


Rice University

University of Michigan