Albert Frantz began piano studies at the unusual age of 17—years after a childhood teacher proclaimed he would never be able to play piano.
A graduate of Penn State University, he won local, state and national piano competitions and became the first pianist to be awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Vienna in nearly a decade. Albert records for the Gramola label and is a Bösendorfer Artist.
His first CD, of works by Romantic composer Charles-Valentin Alkan, was an official jury nomination for the German Record Critics’ Award, established to set the "most rigorous standards for supreme achievement and quality" in the field of music recording. His album of Liszt’s complete Transcendental Etudes will be released in 2017.
Albert is also a passionate amateur IRONMAN triathlete and is among the most frequent contributors to the TEDx platform. He is Head of Mission, Austria and delegate to the United Nations for the global think tank Diplomatic Council, with which he advocates for issues of human rights and social justice. A documentary about his life and work was released by dreama.tv in 2015. In October 2016, Albert was the cover story for Toastmaster Magazine, the official print publication of Toastmasters International, the world's largest organization for leadership and communication training, reaching hundreds of thousands of subscribers in over 140 countries.
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