APPLETON, WIS. – Lawrence University hosts a visit from pianist Claude Frank Saturday, March 31 through Sunday, April 1. While at Lawrence, Frank will hold a variety of events that are free and open to the public including a guest recital at 8:00 p.m. Saturday in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel, a lecture at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in Harper Hall, and a master class at 6:00 p.m. Sunday in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.
Frank, an internationally acclaimed interpreter of the piano literature of Beethoven, has lead one of the most distinguished careers of any pianist. He frequently performs with the world’s foremost orchestras, at major festivals, and at prestigious universities since his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1959. Appearing with such groups as the Guarneri Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Emerson Quartet, and American Quartet, he is also a repeat soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, among others. A frequent performer in New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival during its formative years and a festival participant in virtually every season thereafter, Frank appeared in its 25th anniversary celebration at Lincoln Center in 1991.
A renowned teacher as well as performer, Frank is on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and is a professor at the Yale School of Music. He gives master classes at Yale University, Duke University, University of Kansas, and North Carolina School of the Arts, among others.
Frank’s recordings include RCA’s release of 32 Beethoven sonatas and his worldwide performance of cycles; the direct-to-disc recording of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D-minor, K.466; his performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C-minor, K.491; and more. Frank has also recorded the cycle of Beethoven violin and piano sonatas with his daughter for Music Masters.