Ian (Yahn) Frenkel, an expatriate of the former Soviet Union, is active as an arranger, conductor, composer, educator, and pianist in the New England area, and currently holds the position of the Director of Cadet Instrumental Music and Bands at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
He has often been commissioned by the New York-based new music group The Absolute Ensemble. Frenkel's arrangements of Leonard Bernstein songs were performed by renowned soprano Ljuba Kazarnovskaja of the Metropolitan Opera at the 1995 Morris International Music Festival in Morristown, New Jersey. Additionally, his writer's portfolio includes numerous arrangements and orchestrations for other such highly acclaimed artists as Placido Domingo, Martha Reeves, and Lorrie Morgan.
In Connecticut, he serves as musical director for the Bozrah Center Congregational Church, assistant musical director for the St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in North Stonington, and has served as musical director for the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Groton. Mr. Frenkel is an adjunct instructor of piano at Connecticut College and co-directs combined USCG Academy-Conn College Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble.
Maestro Frenkel specializes in performing early jazz styles, frequently playing with nationally known Dixieland and swing ensembles and artists such as Dan Levinson, Randy Sandke and many others. He was jazz organist on the Japanese release T.V. Jazz USA and has appeared with renowned saxophonist Bobby Watson. A virtuoso Dixieland clarinetist Andrew Sherwood featured Ian Frenkel on several of his CD releases, including critically acclaimed 1998 release While We Danced at the Mardi Gras.
Ian Frenkel holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.
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