Ruth Frenk was born in Holland and studied at the universities of Amsterdam and Geneva, moving later to New York where she graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. She returned to Europe after performing as a concert singer (mezzosoprano) for many years in the USA, Canada and Israel and continued her studies with a.o.KS. Erika Köth.
She lives in Konstanz, Germany since 1974. Ruth Frenk performed at many concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Holland. She has specialized for many years in Jewish vocal music and especially the music originating from Theresienstadt. She recorded the CD's "Jewish Songs" in 1990 and "Der Letzte Schmetterling" ("The last Butterfly") - Songs from Theresienstadt, in 1991.
Ruth is an accomplished music teacher at international level. She taught masterclasses and lectured about the vocal music of Theresienstadt in 2010 at the Jerusalem Academy of the Hebrew University. She also conducted masterclasses in Salzburg and Riga/Latvia. Her many lectures and workshops about the vocal music of Theresienstadt are widely acclaimed all over Germany.
She was a member of the Board of the German Voice Teachers Association from 2006 - 2013 and is a member of the board of the Gesellschaft für Christlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit e.V. Konstanz (Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation) and Chairperson of the Deutsch-Israelischen Gesellschaft Bodensee-Region (German-Israeli Society, Lake of Konstanz-area)
Ruth Frenk recently published the lead article:
"FREIZEITGESTALTUNG - VOCAL MUSIC IN THERESIENSTADT,
1942 - 1944"
in the November/December issue of the Journal of Singing, the leading American magazine published by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).