Edo Frenkel is a "feisty" (LA Times) conductor and composer, who is quickly gaining attention for his "performances of both intimacy and intensity" (Opera Magazine) and "three-dimensional ductile precision" (Diapason). He is currently the Associate Conductor of Meitar Ensemble. Recent conducted projects include a concert tour through Austria and the world premiere of the opera Groundwater at the Israel Music Festival in Tel Aviv. Edo has conducted performances with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Baltimore Symphony, Tonkünstler Orchester-Niederösterreich, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Northern Ballet, LUDWIG, Spóldzielnia Muzyczna, Charleston Symphony, and Ensemble Mise-en. He has performed in international festivals including Aldeburgh, Préscences, Opera Rara, Lucerne, Klangspuren, Manifeste, Verbier, and CEME. Among his performances in 2024, Edo will make his debut with Royal Danish Opera and Ballet. Between 2021-23, Edo served on music staff of The Royal Opera House as a Jette Parker Artist, working on both Opera and Ballet productions as conductor and pianist. In 2024, he will serve on music staff as conductor and répétiteur at the San Francisco Opera for the North American premiere of Kaija Saarhiao's Innocence. He previously worked as conductor and répétiteur on music staff at Bühnen Bern for the world premiere of the opera Sycorax by Georg Friedrich Haas.
In October 2021, he was awarded the American Prize: Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for best performance of American Music for his conducted performance of Anthem by George E. Lewis. In 2019 he was a featured guest artist at the Ojai Festival. In 2018 he collaborated with Barbara Hannigan as her rehearsal pianist on the Satie: Socrate project at the Ruhrtriennale Festival and at the Park Ave Armory in New York City.
He has closely collaborated with composers such as George E. Lewis, Betsy Jolas, Georg Friedrich Haas, Tansy Davies, Peter Eötvös, and Helmut Lachenmann.
His compositions have been performed by such artists as Talea Ensemble, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, New Gates Trio, JACK quartet, Now Hear Ensemble, and Ensemble Paramirabo. His music has been performed the US, Canada, North America, Japan, Hong Kong, and across Europe in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Het Concertgebouw, Festival Aix-en-Provence, and Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival. Between 2020-21 he was Artist in Residence at Cité internationale des arts de Paris as a composer and pianist with his ensemble Collectif Dissensus. His music has been recorded by Champ d'Action. His scores are published by Babel Scores.
Edo was awarded his Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in 2020. In addition to his studies in music, he holds diplomas in Philosophy and Critical Theory.
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