Organization: Cincinnati Symphony
Instrument / Position: Associate Principal Viola
Bio: Paul Frankenfeld is Associate Principal Violist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra . He began his musical studies in the Long Beach Unified School District under the supervision of Fred Ohlendorf. For ten years, he studied viola with the renowned concert violinist and pedagogue Vera Barstow. Paul Frankenfeld performed as Principal Viola with the Stanford University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Theatre orchestras under Sandor Salgo while studying viola with Rolf Persinger and David Abel. After his graduation with a degree in German Studies and Humanities from Stanford, he served as viola teaching assistant to Milton Thomas at the University of Southern California School of Music and as Principal Viola of the USC Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Lewis. An active chamber musician, Mr. Frankenfeld has performed at the Taft Museum Concerts in Cincinnati, the Brand Library Series in Glendale, California, and frequently with the Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Players concerts. His teaching and coaching activities have included master classes at Belmont University, Ball State University in Indiana, and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. Interested in many aspects of the symphonic realm, Mr. Frankenfeld has served since 1986 on the orchestra committee of the Cincinnati Symphony, and is currently the orchestra's representative to the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, as well as Secretary of Local 1 of the American Federation of Musicians.
Paul Frankenfeld is married to violinist Kristin Frankenfeld, and tries to find time outside of raising their two children, Peter, 18 and Laura, 16, to swim and keep bees.
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