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Pianist Peter Frankl celebrates his 80th birthday with two concerts this season

Frankl to collaborate with numerous Yale faculty colleagues in festive performances
October 2, 2015
Peter Frankl, piano

Peter Frankl, piano

Happy birthday to pianist and YSM faculty member Peter Frankl, who turns 80 today. He’s celebrating this season with two concerts, one on October 21 and one on February 6.

The concert on Wednesday, October 21 features Frankl playing music for two pianos and for piano four hands with his colleagues on the Yale piano faculty. The program, which is part of the Horowitz Piano Series, includes music from Mozart to Brahms to Frankl’s Hungarian compatriot Béla Bartók.

Frankl will perform Mozart’s Sonata in D major for two pianos, with Robert Blocker; Schubert’s Rondo in A major, with Michael Friedmann; Brahms’ Sixteen Waltzes, with Boris Berman; Mozart’s Variations in G major, with Melvin Chen; Schubert’s Lebensturme, with Wei-Yi Yang; and selections from Bartók’s Mikrokosmos, with Hung-Kuan Chen.

On Saturday, February 6 at 4 pm, the Faculty Artist Series presents Frankl and a second group of Yale faculty colleagues.The program features the Sextet for clarinet, horn, string trio, and piano, by Ernö Dohnányi — another Hungarian composer.

Joining Frankl in the Sextet will be Ani Kavafian, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; Ole Akahoshi, cello; David Shifrin, clarinet; and William Purvis, horn. Fellow faculty members Stephen Taylor, oboe; David Shifrin, clarinet; and Frank Morelli, bassoon, will also perform on this program.

Both concerts take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.


Peter Frankl performing at Convocation, September 10, 2015

About Peter Frankl

Pianist Peter Frankl made his London debut in 1962 and his New York debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell in 1967. Since that time he has performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, all the London orchestras, and the major American orchestras. He has collaborated with such eminent conductors as Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Haitink, Maazel, Masur, Muti, Salonen, and Solti, and his world tours have taken him to Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. He has appeared over twenty times at London’s BBC Promenade Concerts and has been a regular participant at the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Verbier, Kumho, and Casals Festivals.

In the United States, Peter Frankl has been a regular guest artist at festivals including Aspen, Chautauqua, Marlboro, Norfolk, Ravinia, Santa Fe, and Yellow Barn. For many  years the Frankl-Pauk-Kirshbaum Trio traveled the world. His many chamber music partners have included Kyung Wha Chung, Peter Csaba, Ralph Kirshbaum, and the Tokyo, Takács, Guarneri, Bartók, Fine Arts, and Lindsay quartets. He has given master classes all over the world, including the Royal Academy and Royal College in London, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Van Cliburn Institute in Texas, and in Beijing, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

Among his recordings are the complete works for piano by Schumann and Debussy, Bartók and Chopin solo albums, a Hungarian anthology, concertos and four-hand works by Mozart, the two Brahms piano concertos, the Brahms violin and clarinet sonatas, the Brahms trios, Bartók pieces for violin and piano, and the piano quintets by Brahms, Schumann, Dvorák, Martinu, and both Dohnányis.

In recognition of his artistic achievements, Mr. Frankl was awarded the Officer’s Cross by the Hungarian Republic, and on his seventieth birthday he was given one of the highest civilian awards in Hungary for his lifetime artistic achievement in the world of music. He is an honorary professor of the Liszt Academy and has been on the Yale School of Music faculty since 1987.