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Frank Pesci (b. 1974) is a composer of “… sophisticated music with surprising harmonies.” (The Diapason)
His catalogue contains nearly 100 works for the concert stage, including fifty choral motets, eleven song cycles, twenty chamber and concert scores, and four operas, one of which – The System of Soothing – was selected for the 2017 Fort Worth Opera FRONTIERS showcase.
Recent commission and collaborative partners include Fort Worth Opera, New Music Works, Boston Conservatory, Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the London Review of Books, National Book Award winning poet Terrance Hayes, the What is Noise ensemble, Trinity Church in the City of Boston, and Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich.
He performed in more than 150 performances at Cologne Opera and the Baden State Theater in Karlsruhe, Germany. He had a twelve-year career as a professional liturgical musician, working from Mississippi to Massachusetts, and touring England and France. He held teaching positions at performing arts non-profits throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England regions, served as Associate Artistic Director of Boston Opera Collaborative, and was Executive Director of the New Hampshire Music Festival.
Born in Washington, D.C., he graduated from the University of Cincinnati and the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received the Theodore Presser Award. He studied with Luigi Zaninelli, John Heiss, and Daron Hagen.
He lives in Cologne, Germany. He blogs at 371 Chorales.