Monday, December 29, 2014

Claude Frank (1925-2014)

Claude Frank, the eminent German-born American pianist and teacher, has died at 89. A student of Artur Schnabel, Frank was admired for his interpretations of Beethoven and other Austro-German repertory.

He was active for six decades as a soloist and chamber musician – notably in duos with his wife, the late pianist Lilian Kallir, and his daughter, violinist Pamela Frank; but he exerted his widest influence through his teaching at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music.

An obituary by The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini: