Frank Cramer was born in Essen, Germany, were he studied conducting at the Folkwang University of the Arts. He completed his studies at the University for Music in Hamburg with Horst Stein.
After his first engagement at the State Theater in Oldenburg, he performed at the Theatre of Würzburg in the position of the vize principal conductor from 1980-88.
In result of his celebrated success with Verdis Aida in the Arena Sferisterio di Macerata in 1989, Frank Cramer has been invited to concert halls and opera houses throughout Europe, the USA, Eastern Asia and South Africa. He conducted at the opera houses of Zurich, Basel, Bern, Vienna (Volksoper), Hungarian State Opera Budapest, German Opera on the Rhine Düsseldorf-Duisburg, Darmstadt, Trieste and Pretoria. His broad repertoire ranges from Mozarts’ Le Nozze di Figaro to Wagners’ Tristan und Isolde and Strauss’ Salome to Bergs’ Wozzeck.
International critics characterize Frank Cramer as a conductor who, in a very unique way, combines inspiration, intensity and expression with naturalness and professional skill.
In concerts Frank Cramer favors the composers Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler and particulary Bruckner. Further more he devoted himself to non-main stream composers like the late romantics Zemlinsky, Korngold, Stephan and Nielsen or composers like Messiaen, Lutoslawski, Schönberg, Webern and Ives. His immense concert repertoire results from his long term cooperation with orchestras such as the RAI National Symphony Orchestra Turin, the Orchestra della Toscana Florence, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Basel, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Cologne Radio Orchestra, the Real Symphony Orchestra of Sevilla, the National Orchestra des
Pays de la Loire, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice, the Orchestra of the Teatro Lirico di Caligari, the Philharmonic Orchestra Budapest, the Hungarian National Philharmony and the Korean Symphony Orchestra.
Frank Cramer has been invited to many Festivals such as the Biennale Munich, the Budapest Spring Festival (Hungarian National Philharmony), the Music Festival Mecklenburg-
Vorpommern and the renowned Tongyeong International Music Festival in South-Korea. Numerous radio- and television productions for the West German Radio, the
Bavarian Radio, the ZDF, the MDR Leipzig, the Swiss Radio DRS and the Radiotelevisione Italiana (the RAI National Symphony Orchestra Turin) show his artistic work.
For the CD Label Dacapo, Frank Cramer recorded the complete symphonies of the Danish late-romantic composer Ludolf Nielsen with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and
the Danish Philharmonic Orchestra. The CD label Marco Polo published Louis Spohr’s Violin Concertos No. 3 and 9, which Cramer recorded together with the Slowakian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the violin soloist Christiane Edinger.
Frank Cramer resides in Munich and works as professor for conducting at the University of Music Karlsruhe.
In 2008 he gave his debut at the Semperoper Dresden, with Mozarts The Magic Flute and conducted concerts in Germany, Austria, Italy and South-Korea.
In 2009 Frank Cramer, among others, willl give his debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and will continue his cooperation with the Orchestra of the Arena di Verona in the Teatro Filarmonico of Verona.