Violinist Frank Ho enjoys a career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A graduate of Yale University, he studied there with Sidney Harth (former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics) and Erick Friedman (noted pupil of Jascha Heifetz). Further studies with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, led to performances on three continents and recordings for the CBC. He also holds a Master of Musical Arts degree from the University of Alberta, where he specialized in historical and theoretical studies in musicology.
As a performer, Frank has performed at venues such as Royal Festival Hall (London), Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York), and the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. He remains active in his hometown of Edmonton as the concertmaster of the Concordia Symphony Orchestra and as a frequent collaborator in chamber music, most notably with the late pianist Alexandra Munn.
Recent highlights include the complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle with pianist Joachim Segger. Current projects include the complete solo and accompanied violin music by J.S. Bach (with pianist/harpsichordist Leanne Regehr) and a CD of music for two violins and viola with Vaughan String Quartet members Vladimir Rufino and Fabiola Amorim.
He is currently on faculty at the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music, King’s University and Concordia University. His students have been prizewinners in local, provincial, and national competitions in Canada, and have gone on to further studies at universities and conservatories in Canada, the USA and Europe. Several of his students have performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, and are members of professional orchestras in Canada, notably the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Victoria Symphony, and the Thunder Bay Symphony.
Frank is also a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and was president of the Alberta String Association from 2019 to 2022.
For this concert, Frank would like to thank Tan Violin Shop in Edmonton for the loan of an Italian violin made in the 1700s by Genaro Gagliano.