Frank Zielhorst holds the position of Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva in Derby, where he has been actively involved in developing the orchestra’s artistic diversity and its footprint in the East Midlands and beyond. From 2014 to 2016, Frank served as Young Conductor in Association with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, where he still enjoys a close relationship.
Frank is a versatile musician, whose repertoire stretches from the classical period to modern music and from the symphonic to operatic world. Having been praised for his “crisp and vibrant style” (Bournemouth Echo), Frank’s conducting has been found to “bring out a clear and broad scala of colours and atmospheres” (De Volkskrant).
Highlights of Frank’s recent concerts include a live accompaniment of the silent film “Nosferatu” with the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague (Netherlands), a series of New Year’s Concerts with the Orquestra Clássica do Sul in Faro (Portugal), a programme with music from Sibelius, Stanford and Andriessen with the Ulster Orchestra, programmes with Mahler and Prokofiev with the Prague Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic) and his Siberian début with music by Dvorak and Mozart with the Tomsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia).
Next to his symphonic work, Frank has conducted operatic performances of “Death Knocks” by Woody Allen and Christian Jost, and of Viktor Ullmann’s “Der Kaiser von Atlantis”, written in concentration camp Theresienstadt. Frank worked as assistant-conductor for Garsington Opera, where he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Garsington Festival Orchestra in productions of “Intermezzo” and “Pelleas et Melisande”. He has assisted on several other opera productions with the Dutch Reisopera, Opera Zuid Maastricht (Netherlands) and the Dutch National Opera Academy.
While he enjoys an international performing career, Frank is a devoted advocate of music for young children and in recent years, he has been deeply involved with education and outreach work, ranging from rehearsing the Ulster Youth Orchestra to inspiring music teachers around the country in CPD trainings, and from conducting schools concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to working with people on the autistic spectrum with Sinfonia Viva. A very special highlight was the performance of James Redwood’s “Symphony 125” with over 550 primary school children and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Frank is a regular guest teacher at the Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
For conducting lessons, please contact Frank via the contact form or via londonconductinglessons.co.uk