Dr. Edo Frenkel is a "feisty" (LA Times) young conductor, composer, and pianist, whose work, in its breadth and quality, is quickly gaining attention for his "performances of both intimacy and intensity" (Opera Magazine) and "groundbreaking integration of raw emotion and music" (Rochestariat).
He is currently the JPYAP Assistant Conductor of the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Edo has guest conducted LUDWIG, Baltimore Symphony Musicians, Ensemble Meitar, Ensemble Mise-en, Spółdzielnia muzyczna, and has appeared in performances with such notable groups as Tonkünstler Orchester- Neider Östereich, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Charleston Symphony, and members of New World Symphony. He has performed in numerous international festivals including Aldeburgh, Lucerne, Klangspuren, Grafenegg, Manifeste, Verbier, and CEME. In 2019, he was a featured artist at the Ojai Music Festival. In 2022, Edo will make his debut with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France at Festival Présenses, Northern Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Edo has worked as assistant conductor to many of the world’s great artists including Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Ilan Volkov, Franck Ollu, Antonio Pappano, Brad Lubman, Koen Kessels, and Barbara Hannigan. Edo also served as Barbara Hannigan’s rehearsal pianist, collaborating on the Satie: Socrate project at the Ruhrtriennale Festival in Bochum, Germany and at the Park Ave. Armory in New York city. He also performed in the Philadelphia Orchestra's SoundLAB as part of the Barnes/Stokowski Festival. In 2019, he served as répétiteur, coach, and keyboard player for the LUDWIG European/US tour.
He has closely collaborated with composers such as George E. Lewis, Betsy Jolas, Charles Wuorinen, Peter Eötvös, and Helmut Lachenmann; to date he has given world premiere performances of over 50 works. At home in both notated and improvised musics, Edo regularly performs creative music. Additionally, he has performed with Jazz greats Peter Erskine and Randy Brecker.
Edo's own music has been performed by such artists as Talea Ensemble, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, New Gates Trio, JACK quartet, Tonküntsler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Now Hear Ensemble, and Ensemble Paramirabo. His music has been performed in the US, Canada, Japan, and in Europe. He has been featured in such festivals as Concours Internationale de Piano d’Orleans (FR), Royaumont Voix Nouvelles (FR), CEME (ISR), ME_MMIX festival (ES), and Creative Dialogues (FI). 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.
In addition to his work in music, Edo is active within Critical Theory and Philosophy, particularly concerning the intersections of art and politics. He has written a number of essays whose topics range from the influence of neo-hellenistic Stoicism in Francesca Caccini’s opera La
liberazione di Ruggieo to the evolution of the conductor’s role and its political implications within the genre of New Conceptualism.