Frank William BeckerFrank Becker graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a major in music composition. Upon graduation he was awarded two consecutive Ford Foundation Composer in Residence Fellowships. After completing his work on the grants he moved to Japan where he lived for fourteen years.

While in Japan he composed, performed, produced and recorded experimental music with Toru Takemitsu, Joji Yuasa, Aki Takahashi and Toshi Ichiyanagi. His music was performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and members of the NHK Orchestra. He recorded six albums for Toshiba EMI. In addition he created numerous multi-media works with artist Shoichi Ida that were installed in Japan, the United States, Europe and South America.

Frank’s orchestral music was performed at the Guadeamus Festival in Holland and featured at the La Rochelle Festival in France. His composition, “Philiapaideia” for large orchestra was awarded the Prix Francis Salabert.

Frank’s scores for film and television have been heard on HBO, NBC and ABC. His composition “Stonehenge” was recorded by Ransom Wilson on the album “Reich Glass Becker” (Angel Records) and his arrangement of Faure’s “Pavane” was recorded by Lee Ritenour on Polygram. Frank’s composition, “Five Canticles for Chorus and Orchestra” was performed by the Seattle Chamber Singers and the Orchestra Seattle”.

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