Gabriela Frank

Elegía Andina

            Possessed of a remarkably reflective, practical, and articulate persona, Frank is one of American’s most praised and respected young composers.  Born forty-six years ago in Berkeley, California to a Lithuanian-Jewish father and a Peruvian-Spanish mother, (her grandfather was Chinese) she enjoys and thrives upon her multicultural heritage.  She recounts that her early days were “filled with Oriental stir-fry cuisine, Andean nursery songs, and frequent visits from our New York bred Jewish cousins.”  Her musical training was diverse, enjoying and mastering Mozart, Beethoven--and Scott Joplin.  Visits to her mother’s large family in Peru were crucial to her musical development, but she takes pains to not be categorized too narrowly.  She points to compositions that seem