Violinist Jennifer Frautschi is a two-time Grammy Award nominee and an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient. She’s garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire. Recent highlights include performances with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra; and Alabama, Arkansas, Belo Horizonte, Chattanooga, Phoenix, Toledo, and Tucson symphony orchestras. She’s also appeared at the Santa Fe, Ojai, La Jolla, Moab, Bridgehampton, and Salt Bay chamber music festivals.
Ms. Frautschi’s discography includes Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Robert Craft, and two Grammy-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry String Quartet that feature Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 3 and Concerto for String Quartet & Orchestra. Her most recent releases are recordings of Romantic trios with hornist Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman; Stravinsky’s Duo Concertant with pianist Jeremy Denk; and two discs for Albany Records with pianist John Blacklow: one that features Schumann’s three sonatas for violin and piano and one that explores recent additions to the violin-and-piano repertoire by American composers.
Born in Pasadena, California, Ms. Frautschi studied with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She also attended Harvard University, 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,” on generous loan from a private American foundation.