Pamela Frank, violin with Stephen Prutsman, piano

Featured Performers 2021-2022


"Fit as a Fiddle" session with Pamela Frank
Sunday, March 27, 2022  |  6:00 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall

Monday, March 28, 2022  |  7:00 p.m.
Pamela Frank, violin: Hockett Family Recital Hall
Stephen Prutsman, piano: Ford Hall

Tuesday, March 29, 2022  |  8:15 p.m.
Ford Hall

The Artists

Pamela Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. As a soloist she has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Berlin Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Pamela performed regularly with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, recording the complete Mozart Violin Concertos with them and David Zinman and has also recorded a Schubert album and the Beethoven sonata cycle, both with her father Claude Frank. Pamela is a sought-after chamber musician and has performed at many international festivals including Aldeburgh, Verbier, Edinburgh, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Marlboro and Ravinia.

Aside from her devotion to works of the standard repertory, Pamela has performed and recorded a number of contemporary works. Her accomplishments were recognized in 1999 with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize. Pamela is professor of violin at the Curtis Institute of Music and teaches and coaches annually at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Verbier Festivals. Since 2008 she has been the Artistic Director of the Evnin Rising Stars, a mentoring program for young artists at Caramoor Center for the Arts. Her newest venture is the formation of Fit as a Fiddle Inc., a collaboration with physical therapist Howard Nelson in which they use both their expertise for injury prevention and treatment of musicians.


Active as a classical and jazz pianist and composer, Stephen Prutsman began performing in his teens with several art rock bands and was a regular on a nationally syndicated gospel television show.  He was also during those years a solo jazz pianist playing in many southern California clubs and lounges and was the proud winner of television’s “The Gong Show” in 1976.

In the early 90's his career as a classical pianist was launched after receiving the Avery Fisher Career Grant and winning medals at the Tchaikovsky (Moscow) and Queen Elisabeth  (Brussels) Piano Competitions.  Since then Stephen has performed the classical concerto repertoire as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and his classical discography includes acclaimed recordings of the Barber and McDowell concerti with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.  Solo piano recording projects have included Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier”, an album of Russian masterworks, and a CD of jazz piano originals, recently released entitled “Passengers”.

From 2004 – 2007 Stephen was Artistic Partner with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and from 2009 – 2012 he was the Artistic Director of the Cartagena International Festival of Music, South America’s largest festival of its kind.

As a composer, Stephen’s long collaboration with Kronos Quartet has resulted in over 40 arrangements and compositions for them. Other leading artists and ensembles that have performed Stephen’s compositions and arrangements include Leon Fleisher,  the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma, Spoleto USA and the Silk Road Project.  His original compositions scored to accompany great silent films of the 1920s have been performed throughout the world.  As a pianist or arranger outside of the classical music world he has collaborated with such diverse personalities as Tom Waits, Rokia Traore, Joshua Redman, Jon Anderson of “YES” and Asha Bhosle.

Spending much of his time in activities benefiting the developmentally disabled, Stephen co-founded  “Autism Fun Bay Area”, a non-profit organization that provides artistic performances and recreational environments for people on the spectrum and their families.