New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Frank Wallace

American Record Guide calls Frank Wallace’s compositions “exciting, unpredictable, and fresh”. Fanfare has dubbed him a composer with “an authentic expressive voice” and a “high standard of musical interest” who performs with “flawless technical proficiency”.  Frank Oteri of NewMusicBox.org calls it “contemporary musical emancipation”.  Wallace’s style has influences from Medieval and Renaissance music to blues, jazz and a-tonal modernism. Wallace’s works showcase the classical guitar in solo, duo, ensemble works from 3-6 guitars, and in chamber works with voice, flute, violin, cello, English horn, mandolin, and piano. Wallace has written for ChromaDuo, Mare Duo and Jugend Zupf Orchestra of Germany, Edel Muñoz, Marek Pasiezcny, Olson / De Cari Duo, New American Mandolin Ensemble and others. The compelling melodies and rich accompaniments in his 100+ songs fluidly combine the disparate influences of his mentors from Dowland to Schubert to Britten.
 
Frank Wallace was recently commissioned by the Hartt School of Music to write six ensemble pieces for the Guitar Department’s 50th Anniversary. He is a recent prize-winner in the José Fernández Rojas 2013 International Composition Competition, Logroño, Spain, and a two-time winner of the NH Individual Fellowship Award (2001 and 2006). Wallace’s complete works and recordings are available at www.gyremusic.com, a site rich with information and samples of sheet music and audio.Frank Wallace founded and directed for four years the Boston Classical Guitar Society’s Festival 21, celebrating all that is new in 21st century classical guitar.  In New York City he founded and co-directed the Second Sundays Classical Guitar Series at Roger Smith Arts.  He has taught at the New England Conservatory, Plymouth State College, Emmanuel College, Keene State College and Franklin Pierce College and has a B.M. degree from San Francisco Conservatory.   “...a composer with a distinct voice...”—Soundboard

I Have Worked With

  • November 2014

    John Zevos, dynamic director of the Timberlane High School Guitar Dept. and founding force for the inclusion of guitar in the NH All-State Festival, has commissioned Frank Wallace to write a new work for the All-State Guitar Orchestra which will perform in January 2015. Frank also wrote New England Sextets (http://gyremusic.com/products/new-england-sextets/) in fall 2010 for the newly formed Timberlane Guitar ensemble.

  • May 2014

    GARGOYLES, a CD of music by Frank Wallace written for and performed by Mare Duo & Friends of Düsseldorf, Germany, features compositions for mandolin ensembles as well as solos for virtuoso mandolin and guitar. The composer and artists met in 2008 in Boston. Wallace says, “I was stunned at the beauty and lyrical nature of the mandolin and the amazing musicianship of Mare Duo.” Frank produced the recording himself in Wuppertal Germany in summer 2012: http://gyremusic.com/products/gargoyles-cd/

  • April 2014

    Commissioned to write his most expansive work to date, Frank Wallace composed a "chamber-suite" in nine movements to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music Guitar Department and its founder, Richard Provost. Hartt faculty members Anton Miller (violin), Rita Porfiris (viola), Janet Arms (flute) and Christopher Ladd (guitar) along with seven alumni performed As It Could Be on April 12, 2014. With significant grant support from the Augustine Foundation, Wallace wrote for guitar, violin, viola, flute, voice and percussion. The complete work was performed by Provost’s own Phenix Ensemble as well as Pandora Duo, New England Guitar Quartet, Alturas Duo and Kaleidos. See the music and hear samples.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Frank
Job Title/Position: 
composer/guitarist
Mailing Address: 
PO Box 339
Antrim, NH 03440
Physical Address: 
Antrim, NH 03440
Last Name: 
Wallace
Phone: 
(917) 693-5603

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - New
Additional Disciplines: 
Media - Audio / Sound
Music - Chamber
Music - Composition
Music - Solo / Recital
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Nonprofits
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Audio or Video Recording
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Events Per Year: 
15
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Guitar Foundation of America
Awards: 
Prize-winner in the José Fernández Rojas 2013 International Composition Competition, Logroño, Spain
NH Individual Fellowship Award 2006
NH Individual Fellowship Award 2001
Honorable Mention NH Individual Fellowship Award 2013

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
none
Fee Range Minimum: 
$300
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1