ABOUT FRANK WALLACE
Long known as an elegant and virtuosic performer with Duo LiveOak, and as one of the most prolific composers for guitar solos and ensembles of the past two decades, Frank Wallace is currently focused on solo performance of the repertoire he has known and loved for decades as well as his own new works. Wallace plays and sings 16th century Spanish and Italian works for vihuela de mano and lute in Orpheus’ Lyre; shares his love for old guitars from his personal collection in Three Spanish Guitars; and performs his own exciting virtuosic guitar solos and songs in Father Said. He has toured widely throughout the U.S., Europe and South America since 1976, performing at the Holland Festival, Regensburg Festival, Música en Compostela, Taxco International Guitar Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Barcelona Festival, International Guitar Festival of Arequipa, the Festival of Spanish Song of Granada, and Guitar Foundation of America.
Frank Wallace founded and directed for four years the Boston Classical Guitar Society’s Festival 21, celebrating all that is new in 21st century guitar, as well as serving two years as the Society’s director. In New York City he founded, and with John Olson co-directed, the Second Sundays Guitar Series run by the New York City Classical Guitar Society and Roger Smith Hotel. He has served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory, Guitar Foundation of America, Lute Society of America and various universities in New England and has a B.M. in classical guitar performance from San Francisco Conservatory.
Since the mid 90’s Frank Wallace has been one of the most prolific composers of solos, songs and chamber music with classical guitar. Solos and songs fill seven CDs on the Gyre label. He has written over 100 songs in cycles ranging from three to fifteen songs each, with poetry from many sources ancient and modern. His recent chamber music includes an hour long suite called As It Could Be for the Hartt School’s 50th Anniversary of the Guitar Department, commissioned with support from the Augustine Foundation. Mare Duo of Germany recently recorded a full CD of Wallace’s works for mandolin and guitar and solos have been recorded by or written for Alturas Duo, Jan Bartlema, Detlev Bork, Boston Guitar Orchestra, ChromaDuo, Ciraldo Duo, Duo Cordes et Ames, Pablo Garibay,
Christopher Ladd, Lynn McGrath, Edel Muñoz, New American Mandolin Ensemble, Michael Nicolella, Krystin O’Mara, and many more.
“The breadth of his musical activity recalls an earlier age, when a complete musician engaged in a broad range of creative activities…Wallace’s music is exciting, unpredictable, and fresh…”
– Steven Rings, American Record Guide
Frank Wallace’s complete works as well as his recordings are available at www.gyremusic.com, a site rich with information and samples of sheet music, audio and video. His works have been featured in Guitar Review, Soundboard, Fingerstyle Magazine and The LSA Quarterly. Wallace’s compositions have been twice honored by the New Hampshire Council on the Arts’ Artist Fellowship Award, in 2001 for Frank Wallace, his own new works (Gyre 10012), his debut recording on Gyre of his own compositions, and in 2006 for the Duo LiveOak CD Woman of the Water (Gyre 10082).
“He is an impressive talent in every respect; he is a strong guitarist, a composer with a distinct voice, and a confident vocalist.”