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Violinist Frank Almond to join CCPA faculty

Posted: 11/01/2013
Violinist Frank Almond will join the faculty of Chicago College of the Performing Arts (CCPA) at Roosevelt University in the fall of 2014.

Almond currently holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has previously held positions as Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev and Guest Concertmaster of the London Philharmonic with Kurt Masur. Other Guest Concertmaster appearances have included the Seattle Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, and the Grand Tetons Music Festival.
 
Almond continues an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances in the United States and abroad, including appearances with the Ojai Festival, Frankly Music, An die Musik, the Nara Academy in Nara, Japan, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Music in the Vineyards, and various solo appearances with orchestras. He has been a member of the chamber group An die Musik in New York City since 1997, and founder/director of the esteemed Frankly Music Chamber Series based in Milwaukee.

At 17 years of age, Almond was one of the youngest prizewinners in the history of the Nicolo Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, and five years later was one of two American prizewinners at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, which was documented in an award-winning PBS film.
 
Since then, Almond has maintained a career spanning an eclectic mix of activities as a soloist and chamber musician in addition to his work as concertmaster of a number of orchestras.  As chamber musician, Almond has collaborated with many of today’s most regarded organizations, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Music in the Vineyards and numerous other summer festivals.

Almond has recorded for AVIE, Summit, Albany, Boolean (his own label), Innova, Newport Classic, Wergo and New Albion and has been featured numerous times on NPR’s Performance Today. In both 2002 and 2004 An die Musik received Grammy nominations for its “Timeless Tales” series. With pianist William Wolfram, a CD of sonatas by Respighi, Janacek, and Strauss was released on the AVIE label, and was named a “Best of 2007″ by the American Record Guide. His latest CD of American violin and piano music was released on Innova Recordings with pianist Brian Zeger and has also garnered much press enthusiasm. A CD of selected works of Samuel Barber was released in 2010, in cooperation with the Hal Leonard Corporation. In April 2013 AVIE released A Violin’s Life, featuring works and composers directly associated with the “Lipinski” Stradivarius, charting in the Billboard Top 10 in its first week of release. It has received notable press in major news outlets, and was recently featured in a full program of interviews and excerpts on SiriusXM Symphony Hall.
 
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 academic positions at San Diego State University, Texas Christian University and Northwestern University.

Almond performs on a violin by Antonio Stradivari from 1715, the “ex-Lipinski”. In December 2011, he appeared in concerts and masterclasses in Poland to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Karol Lipinski performing on his former violin. In July 2012 he was featured in an episode of NatGeo’s America’s Lost Treasures.  Since 2008 Almond has been publishing commentary on a wide range of musical topics in an online column called nondivisi.
 
For more information about CCPA at Roosevelt University, contact Patrick Zylka, assistant dean for enrollment and student services, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Room 916, call 312- 341-3797 or email pzylka@roosevelt.edu.