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Pamela Frank

  • Violinist
  • Teacher


Pamela Frank is an outstanding violinist and music teacher. She was a soloist with several major orchestras in the late 1990s, playing new compositions by Kernis, Takemitsu, and Zwilich in addition to the standard repertoire. She also performed many recitals with her father, pianist Claude Frank. She received the Avery Fisher Prize in 1999.

After a hand injury in 2001, she shifted her focus from performance to education. She is on the music faculty at SUNY Stony Brook, the Peabody Conservatory, and her alma mater the Curtis Institute. Her violin was made in 1736 by Giuseppe Guarneri. It may once have been owned by Henri Wieniawski. She is married to violinist Andy Simionescu. Her mother, Lilian Kallir, was also a noted pianist. Her recipe "Thanksgiving Stuffing from Hell" appears in Culinary Harmony by David Rezits.