A native of Amsterdam,Holland, percussionist Frank Epstein came to the United States in 1952, settling in Hollywood,California. A graduate of the University of Southern California, the New England Conservatory, and the Tanglewood Music Center, Mr. Epstein was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1968 until his retirement in 2011. He is a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center and at the New England Conservatory, where he also founded and directs the NEC Percussion Ensemble and is Chairman of the Brass and Percussion Department.
Mr. Epstein has made recordings with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and the Boston Pops, as well as with Collage New Music, which he founded in 1972, and of which he was music director for twenty years. As music director of Collage, he has overseen the commissioning and performance of more than 200 new works written especially for that ensemble as well as the production of seventeen recordings. Mr. Epstein is also involved with the Avedis Zildjian Company, as a consultant on new product development (including the recent introduction of the Classical Orchestral Cymbal Selection), and as a clinician, conducting workshops and seminars throughout the country. Mr. Epstein holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Southern California and a master of music degree from New England Conservatory. His teachers included Robert Sonner, Earl Hatch, Murray Spivack, William Kraft, and Everett Firth. Before joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra he was a member of the San Antonio Symphony. Mr. Epstein was recently awarded a Presidential Commendation from the New England Conservatory for his work with Collage New Music.