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GABRIELA LENA FRANK

DSO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence

Gabriela Lena FrankBorn in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Dr. Gabriela Lena Frank explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions.

Winner of a Latin Grammy and nominated for Grammys as both composer and pianist, Gabriela also holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship given each year to 50 of the country’s finest artists. Her work has been described as "crafted with unselfconscious mastery" (Washington Post), and "brilliantly effective" (New York Times). A member of the Silk Road Ensemble, Gabriela is regularly commissioned by luminaries such as cellist Yo Yo Ma, soprano Dawn Upshaw, the King’s Singers, and the Kronos Quartet. She is also commissioned and performed by premiere orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony.

In 2013, Gabriela began her 3-year tenure as composer-in-residence with the Detroit Symphony under maestro Leonard Slatkin, as well as a second 3-year residency with the Houston Symphony under Andrés Orozco-Estrada. She also continues her longstanding creative relationship with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, with a commission for a large-scale opera, Frida and Diego, from Arizona Opera. She begins her tenure as the Visiting Composer for Sphinx Virtuosi in this year—in 2015.

Gabriela’s music is prominently featured in multiple scholarly books including the W.W. Norton Anthology: "The Musics of Latin America." She is also the subject of several PBS documentaries, including "Compadre Huashayo"—about her work in Ecuador composing for the Orquestra de Instrumentos Andinos, comprised of native highland instruments.

Gabriela received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Rice University, and her Doctorate from the University of Michigan. Her most prominent teachers have been Jeanne Kierman Fischer and Logan Skelton for piano; and Sam Jones, William Albright, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, and Michael Daugherty for composition. She resides in the San Francisco Bay area and is published and managed exclusively by G. Schirmer.

See Gabriela's Concertino Cusqueno below:

See Gabriela perform with the Sphinx Virtuosi below: