Biography -- Andrew Frank

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Andrew Frank (b. Los Angeles, 1946) studied composition with Jacob Druckman at Bard College, and with George Crumb, George Rochberg, and Richard Wernick at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1972 to 2007 he was a member of the Department of Music at the University of California, Davis. He retired as Professor Emeritus.

Andrew Frank has received numerous awards, prizes, grants, and commissions for his music, including two BMI Awards (1969, 1970), two NEA Composer Fellowships (1976, 1978), Composers Conference Fellowship (1977), and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1987).Other honors include first prizes from the American Harp Society, the International Trumpet Guild, Marimolin (Elective Affinities III for Violin and Marimba, 1989), and the Fine Arts Festival Music Award from Illinois State University (Piano Quartet No.1, 1989). He has also received the New York Composers Forum Award (1975), Percussive Arts Society Award (1976), and the American Composers Alliance Recording Award (1980).

Andrew Frank’s music may be heard on three CRI recordings (LPs), and on the following labels: Gunmar (Marimolin), Sierra Classical (The Debussy Trio), Azica (Lara Downes), and three Centaur CDs (Empyrean Ensemble, Stephen Gosling/Eric Huebner Piano Duo, and Earplay). His principal publisher is E.T. Watkins Press, and many other works are published by Mobart Music (Boelke-Bomart), and Margun Music (distributed by G. Schirmer/ Associated Music Publishers and Shawnee Press). He is a BMI affiliate.


His works have been performed nationally and internationally by, among others, the Kronos Quartet (String Quartet No.2), Da Capo Chamber Players, Stony Brook Contemporary Music Players, New Music Consort, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Penn Contemporary Players, Sonor at UC San Diego, Empyrean Ensemble, Indianapolis Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Leon Botstein), Earplay, Composers, Inc., Row Twelve Ensemble, Rice University Percussion Quartet, Westwind Brass Quintet, The Albatros Ensemble (Italy), Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble, New York New Music Ensemble, and The Debussy Trio. Solo and other chamber works have been performed by Robert Miller, Bonnie Hampton and Nathan Schwartz, Marcella DeCray, Lois Svard, David Burge, Bertram Turetzky, Sharan Leventhal, Nancy Zeltsman, Michael Lorimer, Makoto Nakura, Christine Schadeberg, Tod Brody, Peter Josheff, Karen Rosenak, Stephen Gosling, Chris Froh, Eric Huebner, Paul Lustig Dunkel, Linda Quan, and many other notable musicians.

Andrew Frank lives with his wife and two children on Bainbridge Island, WA. From 1988 to 1994 he was a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco-based contemporary music organization, Earplay (President 1991-94).