Born in Germany, Claude Frank moved to the United States in 1941 and enrolled at Columbia University to study composition and conducting. He also studied privately for nearly 10 years with Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Artur Schnabel, making his debut with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in 1959.
At Tanglewood, he studied with Serge Koussevitzky. A renowned teacher, he is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and is a professor at Yale University School of Music, New Haven, Connecticut.
He has appeared with the leading orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra as well as with the world's most eminent quartets. Mr. Frank is known for his Beethoven interpretations. His 1990 re-release of a CD recording of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas was chosen by the American Record Guide as "the one that reaches an exceptionally high level."
He has performed in concert with his wife, pianist Lilian Kallir, and with his daughter, violinist Pamela Frank.
His recordings have appeared on the RCA Victor, Music & Arts, and MusicMasters labels. He resides in New York.