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 is Associate Conductor of Ensemble Meitar with whom projects have recently included a concert tour through Austria and the world premiere of the opera Groundwater for Israel Music Festival. In addition, 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 numerous international festivals including Aldeburgh, Préscences, Opera Rara, Lucerne, Klangspuren, Manifeste, Verbier, and CEME. Between 2021-23 Edo served on music staff of The Royal Opera House as a Jette Parker Young Artist, working extensively on both Opera and Ballet productions as conductor and pianist. 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.
Edo has worked as assistant conductor with Bühnen Bern, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, London Symphony Orchestra, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.
He has closely collaborated with composers such as George E. Lewis, Betsy Jolas, Charles Wuorinen, Tansy Davies, Peter Eötvös, and Helmut Lachenmann; to date he has given world premiere performances of over 50 works. In addition to his work in notated music, Edo is equally at home in improvisatation. He has has performed alongside Jazz greats Peter Erskine and Randy Brecker.
His compositions have 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.
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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