Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Solomon Frank is a Sydney based composer and improviser. His practice straddles improvisation, notation, installations, instrument building/manipulation, time travel, fart sounds and cross species musical collaboration. His music often explores conceptual dissonance, superimposing non-musical debris over contemporary classical music. Whimsy and cultural self-deprecation are often elements in his works; actively acknowledging and subverting the cultural sanctity of classical music. As a composer his works have been performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, E-Mex Ensemble, Sydney University Wind Orchestra, Northern Beaches Orchestra, Ku- Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra and his own ensemble, Ensemble Onsombl. Solomon was the 2015 winner of the Fine Music 102.5 young composer award and was the recipient of the 2016 Frank Hutchens Scholarship. As an improviser, Solomon is active in the Sydney improvised music scene with his own ensemble, Ensemble Onsombl and as a member of the Splinter Orchestra. A clarinettist originally, his improvisational practice has extended into analogue circuit bending and instrument building. Solomon is currently in his 4th year doing honours at the Sydney Conservatorium studying under Damien Ricketson.
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