B i o g r a p h y
Tuba player, chamber musician and music educator Fraser Russell has performed 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, World Brass, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Brass and Popical Ensembles, Scottish Chamber Orchestra Brass, and has a long standing connection to the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Fraser also holds the position of tuba player with the C/O Chamber Orchestra, based in Berlin and Sinfonia NRW, a modern music ensemble in Dortmund, and was a founding member of Pure Brass quintet in Scotland and Eigelstein Brass in Germany. In 2018 Fraser performed the premier of Liam Wade’s Oktoberfest Opera “Bua verliert's Mädl”, a chamber work for piano, tuba, and singers at SemperZwei in Dresden. In April 2019, Fraser joined the Estonian Festival Orchestra and their Founder and Director Paavo Järvi on a 6 concert tour of Japan.
Fraser 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 the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as well as the Orchesterzentrum NRW.
During his studies he was a member of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, and partook in the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme in 2014, as well as winning apprenticeships with the Royal Scottish National, BBC Scottish, Scottish Opera and Mahler Chamber orchestras. As an educator Fraser worked for several years with Live Music Scotland and was cohort member of the 2018 Global Leader 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.
Fraser has performed in some of Europe's most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall (UK), Berlin Philharmonie (Germany), Vienna Konzerthaus (Austria), Gothenburg Konzerthaus (Sweden), the Danish Radio Concert Hall (Denmark), Zürich Tonhalle (Switzerland), and the Mariinsky Theatre (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.
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.
Fraser is thankful for the support of the Dewar Awards for financial assistance in the purchase of instruments.