Fraser Trainer studied composition at Huddersfield
University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as
a postgraduate student, where he won the 1992 Lutoslawski
He already has five London Sinfonietta
commissions to his name and has firmly established himself
as a composer keen to communicate with both performers and
audiences through a vivid and direct musical language. Other
ensembles to have performed his music include the Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra,
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Athens Kamerata,
The Scottish Ensemble, Viva, Psappha, Kokoro and London Brass.
Knots a twenty-five minute piece for solo violin
and five players was commissioned and premiered by the internationally
acclaimed violinist Viktoria Mullova in July 2003. A recording
of Knots and other works is available on black box.
for the living, a BBC commission
for a conerto for violin and orchestra was again written for Viktoria
Mullova and first heard at the 2005 Proms with the BBC Symphony
Orchestra conducted by Martyn Brabbins. It was for this piece
that Fraser received the runners-up prize for the BBC Radio 3 Award
as part of the 2006 British Composer Awards. for the living has since been performed in Melbourne by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Viktoria Mullova and conductor Ilan Volkov. A recording has been made for future release.
Gadget, a concerto for Between
The Notes and the Gürzenich Orchestra was given its premiere
under the direction of Markus Stenz in a concert to celebrate
the 20th anniversary of the Köln Philharmonie in
September 2006, and the London Mozart Players recently performed The Eye a commission from the Cambridge Music Festival.
In February 2009 the London Mozart Players gave the premiere of RESOUND, a work written to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the orchestra. RESOUND features fragments of Mozart's unfinished chamber music as well as excerpts of archive recording material of the LMP in their earliest years of existence and effectively blurrs the boundaries of what the listener perceives as live and recorded sound.
Fraser is now working on a commission for an improvised concerto for Between The Notes for performance in Spring 2011.