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Frank French is one of the foremost interpreters of the music of the Americas. As a performer, composer, and teacher his work encompasses the broad scope of musical experience from the mid-nineteenth century to the new millennium.
A classically trained musician, he studied piano and theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University, and undertook the rigorous study of Bach at an early age mastering the 48 preludes and Fugues and recording them in their entirety. At the same time, he absorbed the elements of American and Latin American vernacular music, gaining a unique perspective on the creative art of composition by blending the vitality of the music of the New World with the classical aesthetic of form, structure and thematic development.
His literary and dramatic talents have flourished in his rendition of the life and music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a personal enactment and one-man show based on the composer's diary, bringing to life the music and spirit of the great American musical pioneer of the 19th century. Using Gottschalk's music as a touchstone, his other programs progress through succeeding styles of Creole Music, Ragtime, Antillean music, Brazilian Tango and Choro, and Early Jazz, demonstrating the progressive melding of Classical and Popular styles featured in his various recordings and published scores.
He has appeared in concert in Canada, Latin America, Europe and Australia. At home, he promotes the annual Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and offers workshops and master classes for students, teachers, and general audiences throughout the year. French strives for consummate musicality, bringing the experience of performance and musical invention to audiences everywhere.
Click for information on French's one-man-show,
"Gottschalk in Louisiana"
More American Souvenirs
James Scott's Ragtime Volume 1 &a