Frank Ho & Joachim Segger – An Evening of Music
Violinist FRANK HO enjoys a career as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A graduate of Yale University, he studied there with Sidney Harth (former concertmaster of the Chicago Symphony, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics) and Erick Friedman (noted pupil of Jascha Heifetz). Further studies with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, led to performances on three continents and recordings for the CBC.
As a performer, Frank has performed at venues such as Royal Festival Hall (London), Merkin Hall and Alice Tully Hall (New York), and the Winspear Centre here in Edmonton. He remains active locally as the concertmaster of the Concordia Symphony Orchestra and as a frequent collaborator in chamber music. Recent highlights include the complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle with pianist Joachim Segger.
He is currently on faculty at the MacEwan University Conservatory of Music, King’s University and Concordia University. His students have been prizewinners in local, provincial, and national competitions in Canada, and have gone on to further studies at universities and conservatories in Canada, the USA and Europe. Several of his students have performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, and are members of professional orchestras in Canada, notably the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Victoria Symphony, and the Thunder Bay Symphony. Frank is also a member of the College of Examiners for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and was president of the Alberta String Association from 2019 to 2022.
JOACHIM SEGGER is a versatile musician who regularly plays piano solo, duo and chamber recitals, as well as concertos. He has performed in various venues throughout North America, Europe and South Africa and is frequently heard on CBC local and national broadcasts. He was a semifinalist in the Gina Bachauer, CBC, Robert Casadesus, Maryland and Bach International Piano Competitions and was the winner of the prestigious Canadian Women’s Club Competition in New York City that resulted in a Carnegie Recital Hall début.
Segger’s piano professors include Ernesto Lejano and Helmut Brauss (University of Alberta), Kurt Neumüller (Mozarteum, Salzburg), Cécile Staub Genhart (Eastman School of Music) and Menahem Pressler (University of Indiana). One of the youngest students at Eastman to receive the Performer’s Certificate, he also won the concerto competition and performed the Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Eastman Philharmonia conducted by David Effron.
Dr. Segger is Professor of Piano and Theory at The King’s University and Adjunct Professor of Piano at the University of Alberta.