Duncan Fraser

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About Duncan

Clarinettist and University of Cambridge Graduate.

Born in Glasgow, Duncan has consistently been involved with music from a young age, first as pianist, but now primarily as a clarinettist. He read Music at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the Dorothy Kolbert Prize for excellence in music and where he also held a Lady Lincoln award for performance. He studied clarinet with Joy Farrall at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama during his undergraduate degree, and has also spent time learning with Mark Van de Weil (professor at the Royal Academy of Music). Prior to his time at Cambridge, Duncan was a pupil of Alison Waller at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department where he held a Wolfson Scholarship and was principal clarinet of the symphony orchestra in his final year. He is currently working as a Post-Graduate Assistant Teacher of Music at Brighton College in East Sussex, and will take up the position of acting Head of Lower School Music at King’s College School Wimbledon in September. Duncan continues to seek both freelance and part-time opportunities in the arts, and is actively looking for further gainful employment from January 2023. Duncan is looking to expand and build a unique and eclectic portfolio career within music and education. He is particularly interested in contemporary music, and enjoys curating projects that move away from typical concert practice. He is keen to utilise the writing skills he developed during his time at university, and is seeking opportunities to write, discuss and think about music in intellectually engaging ways. Duncan is always looking for new and exciting projects to work on - be that playing, writing, or teaching - so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Duncan's Reviews

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Helen M
5 years ago

An excellent performer and professional

Ella F
7 years ago

The most amazing musician

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Duncan's Song list

Clarinet & Piano
Baermann – Adagio (from Quintet op. 23)
Benjamin – Le Tombeau de Ravel 'Valse-Caprices'
Bernstein – Sonata
Brahms – Sonata in F minor, Op.120 No.1
Brahms – Sonata in Eb major, Op.120 No.2
Debussy – Première Rhapsodie
Finzi – Five Bagatelles, Op.23
Lutoslawski – Dance Preludes
Magani – Blues from ‘An American in Paris’
Messiaen – Vocalise-Etude
Muczynski – Time Pieces
Penderecki – Three Miniatures
Poulenc – Sonata
Rabaud – Solo du Concours
Saint-Saens – Sonata in Eb major, Op.167
Schumann – Three Fantasiestücke, Op.73
Solo Clarinet
Berio – Lied
Penderecki – Prelude
Stravinsky – Three Pieces
Sutermeister – Capriccio
Chamber Music
Julian Anderson – Van Gough Blue
Berio – O King
Bottesini – Duetto for Clarinet and Double Bass
Clarke – Prelude, Allegro and Pastorale
Benjamin Graves – The Visions of Elizabeth Barton
Grisey – Périodes
Schoenberg – Pierrot Lunaire, Op.21
Maxwell Davies – Eight Songs for a Mad King
Bruch – Double Concerto for Clarinet and Viola
Crusell – Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op.5
Copland – Concerto
Mozart – Concerto in A major K.622
Weber – Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op.73
Weber – Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op.74
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Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in some of the UK's leading concert halls including: St John's Smith Square, London; Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow; Usher Hall, Edinburgh; Queen's Hall, Edinburgh; King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
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