The Gina Bachauer 2024International Artists Piano Competitionis pleased to announce the inclusion of a
Two Andean Portraitsby: Gabriela Lena Frank
All programs performed by Semifinalists of the competition will include a new work for solo piano, composed by Gabriela Lena Frank, commissioned specifically for this competition.
From the ComposerTwo Andean Portraits, for solo piano, was written for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (2024). The first movement, Introducción: Zampoñas, is inspired by the quintessential instrument of the South American Andes, the panpipe. The movement is simple in form but technically tricky to enact a smooth and legato line in the right hand of parallel fifths combined with a light and a wide-roaming left hand of delicate black note cluster grace notes. The second movement, Adagio del Altiplano, is inspired by the evocative landscape of the Andean highlands. This movement requires a sensitive shaping and pacing of phrases to convey its mystery, plus an imaginative pedal and fleet fingers in the fast sections.
About the ComposerCurrently serving as composer-in-residence with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and included in The Washington Post’s list of the 35 most significant women composers in history, composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank has always placed identity at the center of her music. Born in Berkeley, California, in September 1972 to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, she explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions.