Lawrence Franko has been concertmaster of the Sounds of Stow Orchestra (Stow, Massachusetts) since 2001, and has performed concerti by Dohnanyi, Haydn, Bach, Dvorak, and Britten with the ensemble (Directed by Barbara Jones). He has also performed the solo violin part in the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante (November, 2009) and the Beethoven Triple Concerto (November, 2011) with the SoS orchestra. He has been soloist and concertmaster with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and with the orchestras of Northeastern University, the Harvard Musical Association, the Orchestre Symphonique Genevois (Geneva, Switzerland), the American University. and the Tanglewood Music Center. His repertoire has included concerti by Bartok, Brahms, Britten, Beethoven, Hindemith, Shostakovich, and Mozart. With his pianist wife, Marjorie, he has performed many of the highlights of the Sonata literature, with Prokoviev, Shostakovich, Janacek, Ravel, Ives, Schumann, Brahms, and Beethoven #7 and #10 being particular favorites. He has played with, and conducted Waltz Evenings for the Concord Orchestra, and played in the Boston Pops under Arthur Fiedler. His teachers have included Peter Zazofsky, Joseph Silverstein, Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian, Gordon Staples and his father, Michael Franko.
Since 2008, he has launched a new 'career' as a composer, and has completed and performed a two violin concerto ('Duo Concertante') at the Harvard Musical Association, has written a choral work based on a poem written by his son, and has completed two waltzes, one of which he submitted in March, 2012 for the Hilary Hahn Encore Competition. He is currently completing a Tango for chamber orchestra. Lawrence Franko is a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1963, and of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and holds a Doctorate from the Harvard Business School. He is a V.P. and Senior Global Equity Analyst with the Global Value Equity Group of Delaware Investments in Boston.