Winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist JENNIFER FRAUTSCHI is rapidly gaining acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertoire. She has created a sensation in recent appearances as soloist with Pierre Boulez and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christoph Eschenbach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, and Peter Oundjian and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at opening night of the Caramoor International Festival. Selected by Carnegie Hall for its Distinctive Debuts series, she gave her first New York recital at Weill Hall in April 2004. She also gave debut recitals in ten of Europe's foremost concert venues, including London's Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, and the Salzburg Mozarteum.
Equally at home in the classic repertoire and in 20th- and 21st-century works, she has performed - in the past two seasons alone - the Britten Concerto, Poul Ruders' First Concerto, Steven Mackey's Violin Sonata, and Mendelssohn's rarely played D-minor Concerto, along with such standards as the Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Berg concertos. Highlights of the 2006/07 season include appearances with the Portland, Santa Barbara, Knoxville, and Kansas City Symphonies in concertos ranging from Sibelius and Brahms to Khachaturian and Glazunov. An avid chamber musician, she regularly appears at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum, as well as the Charlottesville (VA), La Musica (Sarasota), Caramoor International, and St Bart's Music Festivals. Her recent orchestral debut recording for Artek, of the Prokofiev Violin Concertos with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony, follows two highly-acclaimed Artek discs of music of Ravel and Stravinsky, and of 20th-century works for solo violin. She has also made two discs for Naxos: a Grammy-nominated recording of Schoenberg's Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, and a recording of the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, conducted by Robert Craft.