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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 "three-dimensional ductile precision" (Diapason).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He is currently is on music staff of The Royal Opera House as the Jette Parker Young Artist Ballet Conductor. He has served as rehearsal pianist in Royal Ballet productions of Rhapsody and A Month in the Country. In addition to his work with The Royal Ballet, Edo has served as an assistant conductor in productions of the Royal Opera.                                                                                                                                                                                           Edo is a regular guest conductor with Ensemble Meitar, and has appeared in 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. Upcoming engagemens include working as Assistant Conductor on the world premiere of Sycorax by Georg Friederich Haas with Opera Bern and working as Assistant Conductor on the UK premiere of Kaija Saariaho's opera Innocence at the Royal Opera House. He will also conduct Ensemble Meitar in their tour through Austria and work again with Northern Ballet, conducting performances of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.


In October 2021 Frenkel 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Edo has worked as assistant conductor with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, London Symphony Orchestra (in collaboration with Lucerne Festival Academy), Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Signal. 


As a pianist, Edo 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 in Stravinsky's Rake's Progress for the LUDWIG European/US tour. 


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. At home in improvisation as well as in notated music, Edo continues to make extemporaneous music central to his practice. 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. 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. During the 2022-23 season, Edo will debut as composer at Wigmore Hall, Het Concertgebouw, and the Sante Fe Music Festival.

Edo was awarded his Doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in 2020. In addition to his studies in music, he holds supplemental diplomas in Philosophy and Critical Theory.

© Alexa Ciciretti

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