Janet Frank, a native of Washington, DC, began cello in the DC Public School System. She continued her studies through high school with former NSO Principal Cellist John Martin. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College in New York, where she studied cello with Bernard Greenhouse. While still in college, she played in Leopold Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra. She is a recipient of the Barnard Associated Alumnae Award given to the graduating senior "most promising in her chosen field." That award, plus the Debussy Award from the Alliance Francaise, enabled Ms. Frank to attend the Paris Conservatory. Upon her return to the US, she joined the National Symphony Orchestra. For several years she studied with the renowned violinist Rafael Druian.
A founding member of the Altair Trio, Ms. Frank has performed chamber music at the White House, the Kennedy Center, the Casals Festival, the Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery, the Library of Congress, and the British, German and Czech Embassies. Ms. Frank is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and has taught Alexander classes all over the United States as part of the NSO’s American Residency Program. She also has devised and performed music programs in public and private schools since 1992. She has written on music related subjects; two of her articles, “When Maestros Were Maestros”, about her time with Stokowski and “Syncopated Clock, Indeed!”, about Leroy Anderson, have appeared in The American Scholar, the journal of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.