'Performing the tuba solo Fnugg, by Norwegian composer Øystein Baadsvik, Russell serenaded the audience until there was a smile on every face.'
The Glasgow Herald
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Tuba player and music educator Fraser Russell began playing tuba in Carnoustie High School, Scotland under the tuition of Michael Robertson. He then went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), the Swedish National Orchestra Academy, Gothenburg; and completed his studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln / Orchesterzentrum NRW.
Fraser has been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to perform with several of Europe's top orchestras and ensembles including the Estonian Festival Orchestra, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken und Kaiserslautern, St. Petersburg Ballet, Norlands Opera and Symphony Orchestra, Staatsoperetta Dresden, Ghera Theater Orchester, World Brass, Gothenburg Wind Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Brass and Popical Ensembles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Fraser regularly performers as a stagemusician at the Semperoper in Dresden where he currently resides.
These performances have taken place in some of the worlds most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall (UK) at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall (UK), Elbphilharmonie (Germany) Berlin Philharmonie (Germany), Vienna Konzerthaus (Austria), Gothenburg Konzerthaus (Sweden), the Danish Radio Concert Hall (Denmark), Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (France) Zürich Tonhalle (Switzerland), Suntory Hall (Japan) and the Mariinsky Konzerthaus (Russia). These performances have been with several of the world's finest conductors including Paavo Järvi, Kristian Järvi, Sir Roger Norrington, Kurt Masur, Stéphan Denève, Martyn Brabbins, Gary Walker, Alexander Shelly and numerous others.
A passionate educator, Fraser worked for several years with Live Music Now! Scotland and in 2018, was selected from an international pool of candidates to be a cohort member of the Global Leaders Program, a teaching artistry a programme run by the Youth Orchestras of the Americas. As part of this programme Fraser has visited Chile, Sweden and Jamaica where he worked extensively with the brass and wind community delivering workshops, lessons and masterclasses over a period of two weeks in March 2018. Whilst in Jamaica Fraser performed the World Premier of "Heavy - Big Flying Machine" by Scottish composer Richard Greer.
Now based in Dresden, Germany, Fraser holds the position of Orchestra Director for the award winning music for social change project Musaik -Grenzenlos Musizieren e.V, as well as tuba teacher and coach for Spielmanzug Oberlichtenau. In 2021 Fraser was appointed as teacher of tuba and tenorhorn in the Heinrich Schutz Konservatorium Dresden.
Fraser is thankful for the support of the Dewar Awards for financial assistance in the purchase of instruments.
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Coaching, Teaching and Educating
Fraser has a huge passion for, and commitment to education and outreach work, and believes that music can have an incredibly positive impact on people’s lives. Fraser is the Orchestra Director for Musaik, a music for social change programme in Dresden, offering free tuition to children 3 times a week. As a coach Fraser works with the SZO Orchestra in Oberlichtenau, Pulsnitz and in 2021 began working at the Heinrich Schutz Konservatorium Dresden where he teaches Tuba and Tenorhorn and coaches the brass section of the Nachwuchs Symphony and Wind orchestras. As well as the outreach work he has coordinated and delivered as a member of Pure Brass quintet, Fraser has trained and worked as an teaching artist with the Scottish Opera Education Department on their Elephant Angel Project, which travelled the length and breadth of Scotland over February and March 2011, delivering workshops to over 500 Primary 6 pupils. He has been a musician on the prestigious Live Music Now! scheme and his project Tuba Tots, an introduction of brass instruments for nursery children, appeared in the Aberdeen International Youth Arts Festival in 2012. He has also given masterclasses in Jamaica, Scotland, Luxembourg and the Faroe Islands and has coached for the National Children's Orchestra of Scotland and National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica. In his high school years Fraser studied percussion, specialising in pipe band snare drum and drum kit under George Black and Paul Judge respectively. This love of percussion has had a continued impact on his musical tastes and ideas when teaching and performing.
For more information regarding the HSKD, Musaik and SZO please click on the logos below to be taken to their websites:
As a recording artist, Fraser has performed on the debut albums of Admiral Fallow and Beecake, as well as the award winning Brahms cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen published by Sony Classics on CD and DVD. These recordings, amongst others, can be purchase at the links below:
Boots Met My Face - CD, Admiral Fallow
Brahms, the Complete Symphonies - DVD box set, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, P. Järvi
Brahms, Symphony No.2 - CD, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, P. Järvi
Rantala, Playing Gershwin - CD, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, J. Bloxham/ I. Rantala
Rantala, Playing Gershwin - Vinyl, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, J. Bloxham/ I. Rantala
The Kristjan Järvi Sound Project - Baltic Sea Voyage - CD, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, K. Järvi
Wagner: The Ring - An Orchestral Adventure - CD, Baltic Sea Philharmonic, K. Järvi
Erkki-Sven Tüür: Mythos - CD, Estonian Festival Orchestra, P. Järvi
Banda, Bernadette & Brecht - CD, Banda Internationale
Klein ist die Welt - CD, Banda Comunale
Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem - DVD, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, P. Järvi
Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem - Blu-ray, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, P. Järvi
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Banda Comunale was founded in 2001 by eleven Dresden musicians as a reaction to the growing neo-Nazi marches in the state capital. The musical style was shaped from the beginning by strong international influences (Balkans / Eastern Europe, North Africa, Latin America).
The band quickly became known nationwide for their political engagement against xenophobia and racism, especially against the PEGIDA movement, which is strongly represented in Dresden. The band regularly supported corresponding initiatives and demonstrations with their performances and initiated with other cultural workers a. a. the "Dresdner Neujahrsputz" as a creative counter-reaction to the daily walks of the racist Pegida. For these actions the band was nominated for the Saxon Prize for Democracy.
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