New Hampshire
Profile Type: 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 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, 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

  • June 2013

    The New American Mandolin Ensemble was formed in the summer of 2013 as the first professional orchestra of it’s kind in America. Director Mark Davis (also director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra), asked Frank to write a piece worthy of such a project. My Vital Breath is a prize-winner in the International Competition José Fernández Rojas 2013 which is sponsored by ConTrastes Rioja in Logroño Spain. It was written in memory of Benjamin Britten on the occasion of his 100th anniversary. It received it’s European debut at the Eurofest 2014 in Germany on May 29.

  • August 2012

    The young guitar trio from San Francisco recently opened for Kronos. Frank Wllace was commissined by the group to write More Gargoyles which was debuted March 23, 2013 at Old First Presbyterian in San Francisco. See video.



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PO Box 339
Antrim, NH 03440
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Antrim, NH 03440
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(917) 693-5603


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Guitar Foundation of America
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

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