The Science of Art and The Art of Science: Albert Frantz at TEDxVienna
Albert Frantz began playing the piano at the unusual age of seventeen—years after a childhood teacher proclaimed he would never be able to play the piano, following a failed initial attempt. Under the tutelage of Steven H. Smith at Penn State University, where he sacrificed engineering studies in favor of music and philosophy, he won first prizes at the 1995 Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Collegiate Artist Competition and Penn State University’s concerto competition after having played the piano for only four years. Albert became the first pianist to win a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Vienna in nearly a decade. In Vienna, he completed years of study with Paul Badura-Skoda, later becoming assistant to him and musicologist Eva Badura-Skoda. Albert is also a dedicated teacher who has written hundreds of articles on learning music for his website, key-notes.com, as well as a Boesendorfer Artist.