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Jennifer Frautschi

  • Violinist


Jennifer Frautschi has created a sensation with appearances as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and at Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival. She has also soloed in recent seasons with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, San Diego Symphony, and Seattle Symphony.

Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she made her New York recital debut in 2004. As part of the European Concert Hall Organization's Rising Stars series, Ms. Frautschi also made debuts that year at ten of Europe's most celebrated concert venues, including London's Wigmore Hall, Salzburg Mozarteum, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, and La Cité de la Musique in Paris. She has also been heard in recital at the Ravinia Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Washington's Phillips Collection, Boston's Gardner Museum, Beijing's Imperial Garden, Monnaie Opera in Brussels, La Chaux des Fonds in Switzerland, and San Miguel de Allende Festival in Mexico.

Ms. Frautschi's 2010-11 highlights include return engagements with the Phoenix Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic, as well as appearances with the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil, at the Britt Festival in Oregon, and with the Eugene, Jacksonville, and Sarasota Symphonies, amongst others. She will also appear as guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Chamber Music Society, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. 2009-10 highlights included opening night with the Utah Symphony, as well as appearances with the Pasadena and Toledo Symphonies, the Buffalo and Boulder Philharmonics, and the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Germany. She toured England with musicians from Prussia Cove, culminating with a concert in London's Wigmore Hall. She also performed at Caramoor, Lincoln Center, and in the inaugural season of the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, where she premiered a new work by Mason Bates. Ms. Frautschi's 2008-09 season included a three week tour of the U.S. with the Czech Symphony Orchestra, performing the Mendelssohn and Bruch Concerti; recital appearances in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, and Detroit; a concert at Miller Theater in New York celebrating cellist Fred Sherry's 60th birthday with works by Schoenberg and Wuorinen; and chamber music festivals in Cyprus (The Pharo's Trust) and the Czech Republic (Kutna Hora Festival).

As a chamber artist, Ms. Frautschi has appeared regularly at such festivals as Caramoor and Chamber Music Northwest, and the Charlottesville, La Jolla Summerfest, La Musica (Sarasota), Moab, Music@Menlo, Newport, Rome, Santa Fe, Seattle, Spoleto (Italy), and St. Barth's (French West Indies) Chamber Music Festivals, as well as at New York's Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums of Art, the 92nd Street Y, and Mainly Mozart in San Diego. She has premiered important new works by Oliver Knussen, Krzystof Penderecki, Michael Hersch, and others, and has appeared at New York's George Crumb Festival and Stefan Wolpe Centenary Concerts.

Her growing discography includes three CDs for Artek: an orchestral debut recording of the Prokofiev concerti with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, and highly-acclaimed discs of music of Ravel and Stravinsky, and of 20th century works for solo violin. She has also recorded several discs for Naxos, including a Grammy-nominated recording of Schoenberg's Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, and the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, both conducted by the legendary Robert Craft; a new release of the Schoenberg Third String Quartet, with the Fred Sherry String Quartet; and a forthcoming release of the Stravinsky Duo Concertant, with pianist Jeremy Denk. In addition, a recording of Romantic Horn Trios, with hornist Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman, will be released in the 2010-11 season on the Albany label.

Born in Pasadena, California, Ms. Frautschi began the violin at age three. She was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She also attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the "ex-Cadiz," on generous loan to her from a private American foundation.