Classical pianist Claude Frank has died, aged 89.

The German-born American musician passed away at his home in New York on Saturday (27Dec14) after suffering complications stemming from his battle with dementia.

The pianist, who became a U.S. citizen in 1944, performed around 70 concerts a year globally at the height of his career in the 1970s, playing as a soloist with distinguished orchestras ranging from the Berlin Philharmonic to the San Francisco Symphony.

Frank is most famous for his recitals of Beethoven's sonatas and a recording of his performances was released in 1970.

He frequently played as a duo with his pianist wife Lilian Kallir before she died in 2004, and in recent years, he performed with his violinist daughter Pamela.

In 2008, Frank was one of a line-up of international pianists who performed in the Olympic Centenary Piano Extravaganza at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.