Elliot Frank: a short biography
Applauded by critics and audiences for his unique blend of powerful virtuosity, beautiful tone, and natural musicianship, Elliot Frank has appeared as solo recitalist, chamber player, and as concerto soloist throughout the Americas and Europe. He is a prize winner in two international competitions, the Concurso Internacional de la Casa de España in San Juan, and the Concurso Internacional de Guitarra, "Alirio Díaz," in Caracas. He has appeared as featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, and has appeared in solo recitals for the Memphis Classical Guitar Society, the Dallas Guitar Society, the Piedmont Guitar Society, the Richmond Classic Guitar Society, and the Museum of Colonial Art in Caracas. An aficionado of guitar music of Hispanic cultures, he has performed lecture/recitals pertaining to the music of Antonio Lauro for the Guitar Foundation of America at international festivals in Pasadena and New Orleans. Most recently he has performed for the Tallahassee Guitar Society, the Tampa Classical Guitar Festival, the North Carolina Bach Festival, the Appalachian Guitar Fest, Columbus State University Guitar Symposium, and the East Carolina University Summer Guitar Festival, where he also serves as Artistic Director. Highlights included performances at the 2003 Southwest Guitar Festival in San Antonio and the release of his first compact disc, which consisted of music of Agustín Barrios and Antonio Lauro. Dr. Frank has served as Artist-in-Residence for the city of Dallas, Texas and was a participant in the Visiting Artist Program of the state of North Carolina. As a member of the Duo St. Caecilia with flutist Christine Gustafson, he has performed in Vienna, Washington DC, Tampa, Clearwater, and Norfolk.
Elliot Frank was selected to initiate the guitar studies program for East Carolina University and is currently teaching there in addition to maintaining an active concert schedule. His students have earned awards on state, regional, and national levels, including national first prize of the Music Teacher's National Association Wurlitzer Young Artist Competition.
Dr. Frank holds degrees from the University of Georgia, Southern Methodist University, and Florida State University where he received the Doctor of Music degree in guitar performance. His major teachers include Bruce Holzman, Robert Guthrie, José Tomas, and Pepe Romero.