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Jordan Frazier, Principal Bass


Principal bassist Jordan Frazier has performed worldwide with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1993 and was appointed a member of the orchestra in 2006. He is a former member of the L’Orchestra Ciudad de Barcelona and currently is a member of the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and Principal Bass of the Westchester Philharmonic and the Bard Festival Orchestra.

In the summer, Jordan is principal bass of the Carmel Bach Festival, where he has performed since 1996. In addition, Jordan has performed as Principal Bass with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, with the Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Symphonies, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Jordan has also performed and recorded with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, both in Toronto and at the Klang und Raum Festival in Bavaria.

As a chamber musician, Jordan has performed as a guest with Bargemusic, Helicon Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, The Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and the Corigliano, Jupiter, and Daedalus Quartets. Recording credits include Sony Classical, Harmonium Mundi, Nonesuch, London, Decca/Argo, EMI, Koch, Musical Heritage Society, and Deutsche Grammophon, including the Grammy winning “Shadow Dances”, music of Stravinsky, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Jordan recently recorded ten episodes (6 DVDs on Naxos) for PBS with Gerard Schwartz and his All-Star Orchestra.

A native of Cleveland, Jordan received his musical training at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the Manhattan School of Music. Since 2001 he has been on faculty of the Mannes College of Music. He has given masterclasses at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Yale, Rice University, and the National Orchestral Institute. Jordan lives in Fredonia, NY with his wife, bassoonist Laura Koepke, and their two boys.

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