María Teresa Frenk Mora, Piano Instructor (Mexico)


Mexican pianist María Teresa Frenk Mora has performed in Mexico, the U.S.A., France, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Spain, Japan, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. She began her professional piano studies at the National Conservatory of Mexico. Her teachers included Bertha Castro, Olga Viveros de Durón, Manuel Delaflor, Nadia Stankovitch, and José Ordoñez. Prior to graduating in 1980, she won top honors in three different national piano competitions. Ms. Frenk then continued her studies in Germany. In 1982, she completed her masterʼs degree at Berlin’s High School of the Arts (since renamed University of the Arts), under the guidance of Professor Georg Sava. In addition, she participated in master classes with Jörg Demus, Marcel Heuclin, Guido Agosti, Jorge Bolet, Angélica Morales, Edith Picht-Axenfeld, and Igor Cherniavski. She also received training in chamber music with the Schubert Trio of Vienna, completing their course with highest honors.

In 1994, Ms. Frenk won the position of concert pianist with the Concertistas de Bellas Artes, a dependency of the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts. In this capacity, she has given many premiere performances of contemporary Mexican compositions and has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals. She has also accompanied singers and has performed as soloist with orchestras.

Ms. Frenk’s discography is quite ample. In 1994 she recorded the complete solo piano works of Mexican composer Tomás León; Between 1997 and 2000, she completed the Antología pianistica: El Siglo XX en México, two CDs of Mexican piano music for Quindecim Recordings. She has also recorded Mexican romantic music for flute and piano with Rafael Urrusti and recorded with cellist Ignacio Mariscal a CD entitled Three Composers, Three Generations with music by Manuel M. Ponce, Federico Ibarra, and Leonardo Coral (2001). With Mr. Mariscal, she has also recorded the complete Beethoven cello and piano sonatas (2002).

She collaborated in the Clema Ponce Special Edition of the works of Manuel M. Ponce, under the auspices of the National University School of Music and supervised by Prof. Paolo Mello. She prepared critical editions of Ponceʼs Chinese Poems for voice and piano and his Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Her many awards include a diploma from the Mexican Music and Theatre Criticsʼ Union for Vol. I of Antología pianistica El Siglo XX en México (1998) and the “Juana Ramírez de Asbaje” award (2003), given to her by Juan Ramón de la Fuente, Chancellor of the National University of México. Currently, Ms. Frenk is professor of piano at the National University of Mexico School of Music, where she teaches piano, chamber music, and accompaniment. In 2006 she was one of the jurors for the “Angélica Morales-Yamaha” National Piano Competition. In 2009, she became National Coordinator of Music for the Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). In September 2016 she was appointed Dean of the Music Faculty at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).