Aron Frank, a junior from West Lafayette, Ind., studying composition with Claude Baker and violin with Federico Agostini, won the IU Table Tennis Tournament Sept. 18. His two life passions are Music (composition and violin) and table tennis, having participated in both activities at a high level for a number of years.
“My compositions have been performed by soloists and ensembles at Tanglewood, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Bowdoin Music Festival, and by the Mariah Wind Quintet, Wabash Valley Youth Symphony, and cellist Benjamin Karp,” he said. ”During my years at Jacobs, I have studied composition with Don Freund and Aaron Travers. I have also studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory with Italian composer Fabio Nieder. I currently hold the Bernard Heiden Scholarship in Composition at Jacobs.”
“As a table tennis player, I have travelled to many tournaments throughout the Midwest. I am two-time Kentucky junior champion, and have won tournaments in Ohio and Indiana. I have trained with Daniel Seemiller, the former Olympic National coach, and am currently a member of the IU Table Tennis team.”
“Over time it has occurred to me that my two life passions are interconnected. To be successful in either requires considerable sensitivity and finesse. Further, both activities are international in scope–in pursuing both I have had the chance to meet people from all over the world. I hope to pursue both activities in years to come.”