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Frank, Gabriela Lena

Gabriela Lena Frank(Berkeley, California)

2022–23 Season: Composer, El último sueño de Frida y Diego 

Recent and Upcoming: El último sueño de Frida y Diego (San Diego Opera, LA Opera, Metropolitan Opera); Chronicles of the Picaflor (Hummingbird) (Philadelphia Orchestra); Apu: Tone Poem for Orchestra (Carnegie Hall); Conquest Requiem (Nashville Symphony for the Naxos label; Metropolitan Opera)

She regularly receives commissions by musicians such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Dawn Upshaw and conductors Marin Alsop and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

She has also received orchestral commissions and performances from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony.  

Composer in Residence (Philadelphia Orchestra)

Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the Blair School of Music with Vanderbilt University

Winner of Latin Grammy

Holds Guggenheim Fellowship and USA Artist Fellowship

Subject of W.W. Norton Anthology: The Musics of Latin America; Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers (Scarecrow Press); In her Own Words (University of Illinois Press)

Civic outreach is an essential part of her work.  She has volunteered extensively in hospitals and prisons, with her current focus on developing the music school program at Anderson Valley High School, a rural public school of modest means with a large Latino population in Boonville, California.

She is also a climate activist, co-authoring a regular column on climate action within the music industry for Chamber Music American Magazine and creating a Climate Initiative for GLFCAM.

Founder of Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music for emerging music-makers. glfcam.com