Bass ClarinetFrank Renk

Frank Renk is clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. He is also the principal clarinetist of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Frank was formerly the principal clarinetist of the Sacramento Philharmonic and the California Symphony. Frank has also performed on many movie and commercial soundtracks, mostly at the famed Skywalker Ranch in Marin County.

Mr. Renk continues to perform occasionally with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He also performs numerous chamber music concerts throughout the West Coast and has appeared as soloist on occasion. 

Music Festivals that Mr. Renk has attended include the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the La Jolla SummerFest chamber music festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, the “Music from Bear Valley” Music Festival and the Cascade Music Festival of Oregon. 

Frank completed his music education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco State University where he studied with Donald Carroll. He continued studying the clarinet with Rosario Mazzeo, formerly of the Boston Symphony. 

Mr. Renk also teaches a large number of students in the San Diego area. In November 2006 Frank Renk was profiled in the San Diego Union-Tribune


Q: How did you choose your instrument?

A: I wanted to play the saxophone. But my Mom came home with a clarinet on the recommendation of the music store owner. I guess he was right.

Q: What are your favorite travel destinations? 

A: San Francisco and Europe

Q: What are some favorite composers and/or musical periods? 

A: Mahler, Mozart, Beethoven

Q: What good books have you read most recently? 

A: I like to read historical novels

Q: What do you love most about San Diego (other than the weather)? 

A: The golfing here is great. 

Q: What are your choices for dining in San Diego? 

A: Old Town Mexican Café, C-Level