Frank Wallace and Nancy Knowles

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 7:30 PM

Diller-Quaile School of Music, 24 East 95th Street, New York City

Music for guitar and voice

“A powerful player, possessed of an unfailing musicianship … an almost symphonic range of colors and articulations.” — Soundboard


Music of Mertz, Tárrega, Sagreras, Villa-Lobos, Rodrigo, and Wallace

Frank Wallace’s acclaimed compositions and lyrical performances are the fruit of a colorful
career in music that has been unlike any other of his generation of guitarists. With echoes of medieval, Latin, and classical music, as well as jazz and the blues, his music has been called “contemporary musical emancipation” by His compositions showcase the classical guitar in solo, duo, and ensemble works for 3-6 guitars; and in chamber works with voice, flute, cello, English horn, mandolin, and piano. As a performer, Wallace is known for his “elegant virtuosity” (Classics Today) on the solo guitar, as well as his mastery of self-accompanied song. He tours internationally as a soloist, and with mezzo-soprano Nancy Knowles, as Duo LiveOak.

Wallace is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has taught at the New England Conservatory, Keene State College, and Franklin Pierce University, as well as Lute Society Seminars, the Guitar Foundation of America, and others. His debut recording as composer/guitarist, Frank Wallace — His Own New Works (Gyre 2000), won him a 2001 Artist Fellowship award from the Arts Council of New Hampshire, as did Duo LiveOak’s first recording of Wallace’s songs in 2006. In 2007, Wallace founded the Boston Classical Guitar Society’s Festival 21, and served a two-year term as the Society’s artistic director. In New York City, he founded and co-directed the Second Sundays Classical Guitar Series in conjunction with the New York City Classical Guitar Society and Roger Smith Arts. In 2014, The Hartt School commissioned Wallace with a major grant from the Augustine Foundation to write a one-hour chamber suite for the Guitar Department’s 50th Anniversary. One year later, he was a featured recipient of the Ewing Arts Award. He has written works for ChromaDuo,
Edel Muñoz, Jugend Zupf Orchestra, Mare Duo, and others. Fanfare has dubbed him a composer with “an authentic expressive voice” and a “high standard of musical interest” who performs with “flawless technical proficiency”. The complete catalog of Wallace’s recordings and compositions is available at