With his musicianship, versatility, technical expertise and dedication, Frank Strobel has established himself as one of the most multi-faceted conductors of his generation. With world premières and reproductions of works by composers including Sergei Prokofiev, Alfred Schnittke, Frank Schreker and Siegfried Wagner, from which many recordings emerged, he opens up new insights into the world of film music.
He is strongly committed to the works of Alfred Schnittke and is the authorised editor of the composer’s works, he has arranged a number of Schnittke’s scores for films into concert suites. As well as editing and conducting the original music for silent film classics, Frank Strobel has made a specialty of arranging and performing new scores. He edited the reconstructed original music by Prokofiev for Alexander Nevsky, and has conducted the music for Robert Wiene’s restored film of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier with renowned international orchestras. He has taken silent movies into opera houses and concert halls to great critical acclaim. Additionally, he is admired for his conducting of the Classical and Romantic concert repertory as well as of the 20th century.
Strobel has extensive experience as a conductor, arranger, producer and studio musician, and acts as an adviser to ZDF/arte for its silent film programming. Since 2000 he has been Artistic Director of the European Filmphilharmonic Institute, which he co-founded and which has built a reputation for its expertise in authentic performances of film scores.