Simona Frenkel established herself as a versatile international performer. She enjoys a varied career as pianist, organist and conductor.
Ms. Frenkel is a winner of numerous national and international competitions, including Concertino Prague, Czech Republic and Lysenko National competition, Kiev, Ukraine.
In 1994, Simona was celebrated as the youngest organist to receive Honored Artist of the Ukraine, one of the most prestigious musical awards in Ukraine.
Simona Frenkel began her solo career at the age of eight with her solo debut at the Hall of Columns of the National Philharmonic of Ukraine. Since then Ms. Frenkel is frequently heard in recitals in the United States, Europe, and the former Soviet Union. She is in demand as a chamber musician and soloist in New York City, performing most recently at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, The Riverside Church in the City of New York. She has made numerous television appearances and radio recordings.
Ms. Frenkel has collaborated with eminent musicians such as Metropolitan Opera’s Craig Hart, Vladimir Grishko, Victoria Lukianetz, renowned Ukrainian soprano Olga Basistuk, leading mezzo-sopranos of the Mariinsky Theater, Tamara Tuftina and Olga Markova-Mikhailenko, leading tenor of the Bolshoi Opera, Oleg Kulko, International competition winners, Polish violinist Roksana Kwasnikowska and Austrian cellist, Julia Panteliat, Swiss ensemble Duo Armonic, flutist from Lichtenstein, Hieronymus Schadler and many others. As principal organist, Simona has performed, toured and recorded with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
Ms. Frenkel is a founder and artistic director of the Concertino NY chamber ensemble. Founded in New York City in 2011, Concertino NY showcases some of the finest young professional musicians in the greater New York area. The ensemble specializes in the juxtaposition between old and new: an early music and contemporary classical repertoire. The group’s performance practice reflects the spirit and style of the period in which the music was composed.
A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Ms. Frenkel holds a MM degree in performance from the Juilliard School of Music, Tallinn and Kiev Conservatories, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the Kiev Conservatory. Her principal teachers have been John Weaver, Hugo Lepnurm and Igor Riabov. While at Kiev Conservatory she received valuable impulses through coaching with renowned Russian pianists Michail Voskresensky, Alexander Jocheles, Vladimir Nielsen. She was an active participant at numerous master classes by famous French organists Kurt Lueders and Marie-Claire Alain, as well as leading German organists Leo Kramer and Eberhart Lauer.
Simona Frenkel was on the faculty at the Kiev Conservatory from 1986 to 1994.
Currently, she is on the faculty at the HUC-JIR the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music
Since 2000, Ms. Frenkel has been Music Director of The First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, where she is also artistic director of the FPCY concert series.
Simona Frenkel lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.