Claude Frank, a pianist of timeless values, died today, friends reported. He turned 89 on Christmas Eve.
Nuremberg born, Claude reached the US in 1941. He studied there with Schnabel, his son Karl-Ulrich, and his student Maria Curcio.
He was a towering interpreter of the Beethoven sonatas and often appeared as a piano duo with his wife, Lilian Kalir, who died in 2004. Their daughter, Pamela, is a distinguished violinist and teacher.
Our sympathies to her and the rest of the family.
A colleague’s memories here.
Claude at his most mischievous here.