Two-time Grammy nominee and Avery Fisher career grant recipient, Jennifer Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a wide-ranging repertoire. She has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Teatro di San Carlo Opera House in Naples, and performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, New York’s Lincoln Center, and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Chamber music appearances include the Boston Chamber Music Society, Caramoor Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Music @Menlo, Ojai Festival, and the La Jolla, Moab, Seattle, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals.
Frautschi’s extensive discography includes the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, and two Grammy-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry Quartet. Her most recent releases are with pianist John Blacklow: the first devoted to three sonatas of Robert Schumann (released in 2014); the second, American Duos, featuring works by contemporary American composers Barbara White, Steven Mackey, Elena Ruehr, Dan Coleman, and Stephen Hartke (released in 2015). Three other widely-praised CDs include an the Prokofiev concerti with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony; the violin music of Ravel and Stravinsky; and 20th-century works for solo violin.
Born in Pasadena, California, Frautschi studied with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School; and attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the “ex-Cadiz;” and teaches in the graduate program at Stony Brook University in New York.
Frautschi will make her Cabrillo Festival debut performing the West Coast premiere of James Stephenson’s Violin Concerto, Tributes, on Saturday, August 5, 2017.