Frank Abbinanti

Frank is a largely self-taught composer studied privately with Ben
Johnston. His music embraces numerous genres and has been performed by: Kapture, Deng, An
Opera ,The Pitzen Brass Ensemble, Espana : La Lucha, the Illinois Brass Band, Mermaid
Song Trio Arnaudi (Hungary), este no es el siglo de las luces, AMM (London), the
Chicago Pro Musica (members of the Chicago Symphony), Die meteln Kassandra,
recorded on Newport Classic; The New Valley Symphony,(Los Angeles) ,The Grant Park
Symphony Orchestra, The Harper Symphony, American Labour Studies for Orchestra;
The Lira Singers, cantata imigranta and The Chicago Chamber Orchestra, where he
toured East Germany (1989) with them in the performance of his Four Songs, for soprano
and orchestra; He has received honorariums, grants from the Rosenbaum Foundation,
The Logos Foundation, The Art Agency DDR(East Germany),The City of Chicago
Cultural Affairs, and The Illinois Arts Counsel .

The solo electronic piece entitled “citymusic” for Keith Rowe (AMM London co-founder)
has been performed by him numerous times in Europe and was recorded on Matchless
Recordings (England). His solo piano work 13 pieces, Labor studies is available at CD
Baby, Youtube, ITunes, Spotify and Amazon for purchase or sampling.

He has performed his own piano music within the USA: Lexington, Albuquerque, Los
Angeles, Birmingham, Chicago, San Francisco, Berkeley and in Europe, Musik Fests in
Essen and Dusseldorf; solo piano concerts in Amsterdam, Ghent, London, Liege, Berlin
and Nantes. In 1995 he was invited to tour Italy as pianist-composer through the Italian
Cultural Institute.

He has worked with New Music Chicago, New Music Green Mill, The Art Institute, Casa
Kinzie, Interarts Chicago, (1985-1995) the Goethe Institut (1985-1995) and the Italian
Cultural Institute (1988-1995) in concerts, events on contemporary music, as well as on-
going seminar lecturer at the University of Chicago Graham School, (1999-2004), The
Newberry Library, (1991-1995) and the Peoples Music School.(2006-2008),where he
taught piano, Currently he substitute teaches piano, composition, theory at the Access
Music School.

He was Journal Editor for Contemporary Music Review, (2010) (England), an issue
devoted to the music of Fredric Rzewski, and was co-editor with Barry Wiener for an
issue devoted to Ralph Shapey, (2008); For that Review he has also written essays on
Helmut Lachenmann and Earle Brown.

Currently he is writing a book on George Flynn’s Trinity which he performed in Chicago,
Edmonton Canada, and Berlin.