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NewsAcclaimed Pianist Claude Frank Performs at Marlboro

claude frank photoRenowned pianist Claude Frank will perform selections by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann on Sunday, February 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Serkin Center for the Performing Arts as part of Marlboro College’s “A Tribute to Rudolf Serkin” concert series.

A soloist with orchestras of five continents, Frank made his debut in 1959 with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. Frank is a frequent participant at many music festivals including Marlboro, Norfolk, Ravinia, and New York City’s Mostly Mozart festival, and has played with the Guaneri, Julliard and Emerson Quartets among others. He performs often in concert with his daughter, violinist Pamela Frank, with whom he has frequently recorded. A professor of music at the Yale School of Music and a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music, he also gives Master classes at Duke University, the University of Kansas and North Carolina School of Arts.

In 1938, the 12-year-old Frank left Nuremberg and joined his father in Brussels. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire in Paris until the German occupation forced him to leave. While in Spain illegally, Frank was overheard at the keyboard and invited to perform at a party where an American consul awarded him with a visa to come to the United States. A documentary film featuring Frank’s life and work is currently in production. Frank studied composition and conducting at Columbia University with both Artur and Karl Ulrich Schnabel, and at Tanglewood with Serge Koussevitzky. An active participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, Frank acted as an unofficial assistant to Mr. Serkin in the 1970’s.

Free tickets for the concert have been taken. Tickets for the Richard Goode concert on March 30 will be available on March 6 at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro and at the reception desk at Marlboro College in Marlboro from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cecile Licad will perform in the final concert of the series on April 16. For more information, please contact Elena Sharnoff at 802-251-7644 or visit For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline at(802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (

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