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Frank Almond: A Violin’s Life

February 5, 2017

Missouri Theatre

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In January 2014, Almond made international headlines when his Stradivarius was stolen in an armed robbery following one of his concerts. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC World Service, and Vanity Fair, among others. Read the complete story here.

Almond will perform some of the works from his recording “A Violin’s Life.” The recording was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign and debuted on the Billboard Top Ten Classical chart in its first week of release.

About Frank Almond

Violinist Frank Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the MSO after holding positions as concert master of the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev and guest concert master of the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Masur. Other guest concert master appearances have included the Seattle Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony. He continues an active schedule of performances in the US and abroad and has appeared as a soloist with internationally renowned conductors including Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman, Stanislaw Skrowacewski, Philippe Entremont, James Gaffigan, and many others.

He has been a member of the chamber group An die Musik in New York City since 1997, and also founded and directs the acclaimed Frankly Music chamber series based in Milwaukee. At 17, he was one of the youngest prizewinners in the history of the Nicolò Paganini Competition in Genoa, and later was one of two American prizewinners at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, documented in an award-winning PBS film.

In addition to his work with An die Musik, Frank Almond’s work as a chamber musician has generated collaborations over the years with many of today’s top institutions. He has recorded for AVIE, Summit, Albany, Hal Leonard, Boolean, Innova, Newport Classic, Wergo and New Albion, and was twice nominated for a Grammy with An die Musik.

Frank Almond holds two degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay. Other important teachers included Michael Tseitlin, Felix Galimir and Joseph Silverstein. He has held several academic positions and is currently on the faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.


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