Alyson Frazier
 
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“Just what new musi

c needs…mad as a hatter, AND completely wonderfuL”

Michael Finnissy

 
 
 

BIO

Alyson Frazier is a London-based American flautist and founding member of new-music group Ensemble x.y (“Formidable” - Iancu Dumitrescu). She has had an active role in the commission and performance of over 100 pieces of new work since her graduation from the Royal Academy of Music in 2014, leading the group in its rise to one of the UK's most prolific commissioning bodies.

Alyson is also an orchestral musician, appearing with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Contemporary Music Festival, Opera Holland Park, Aurora Orchestra, Royal Opera House's Young Artist programme and the "London Jazz x LSO" collaboration. She also features on the extra-lists of a number of other prominent groups, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Alyson participated in both Southbank Sinfonia and Britten-Pears Orchestras, and acted as deputy for the London Philharmonic Orchestra Future Firsts scheme. She has been featured on BBC3 and BBC4 Radio.

As a soloist Alyson has been described by composer Michael Finnissy as "just what new music needs...mad as a hatter, and completely wonderful", as well as a “theatrical and compelling performer” (Andy Findon) who is “impressively accomplished with a beautiful singing tone” (Karen Jones).

Alyson is also co-founder and programme director of Play for Progress, a charity that delivers therapeutic and educational music and arts programmes as well as advocacy and well-being support for unaccompanied minor refugees. PFP is an official partner of the Refugee Council UK, having engaged with over 250 young refugees since 2016 and performed at the Southbank Centre, the V&A, and the Young Vic Theatre and worked with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra. PFP regularly contributes comprehensive case studies and research on the failings of the asylum system to partners in social justice (including UNHCR), and in its founding year PFP won the exclusive Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprise.

Alyson Frazier received her MA with First Class Honours and Distinction in Flute Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, having studied with Karen Jones, Michael Cox, Patricia Morris (piccolo), Lisa Beznousiak (baroque), and Gareth Lockrane (jazz). During her undergraduate studies in the United States, Alyson studied flute and piccolo with Walfrid Kujala at Northwestern University.


 
 
“Alyson captured a subtle range of colors throughout her beautifully constructed programme with an engaging personality, brilliant execution, and musicianship and flair as a performer.”

- Adjudicator, Royal Academy of Music
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CV

Professional Orchestral Experience

Principal

Second

Piccolo

Alto

London Symphony Orchestra

BBC Concert Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (extra list)

City of London Sinfonia at Opera Holland Park - Aida, La Rondine, Kat'a Kabanova

Aurora Orchestra

Bath Philharmonia

Assorted freelance and session orchestras - Angel Studios, The Little Orchestra, Jonathan Rathbone, NFTS, West Green House Opera, Opera Up Close, Symphonia Academica, Brandenburg Sinfonia etc.


Professional Contemporary Experience

Contrabass

Bass

Alto

Flute

Slide Flute

Bamboo Flutes

Piccolo

London Symphony Orchestra x London Jazz Festival (Jerwood Composer+)

London Contemporary Orchestra

London Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra

Aldeburgh/Snape Maltings Jerwood Opera Residency

Aldeburgh/Snape Maltings residency with Michael Finnissy and ENOA

Greek (Arcola Theatre) Grimeborn Opera Festival with Mark-Anthony Turnage

Ensemble x.y, member 2014-present

Performances/Residencies at City University Summer Sounds Festival, Kingston University, St John's Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-FieldsPrize

Nachtklang (Musikfest Erzgebirge) - Winner

Nonclassical Battle of the Bands - Winner

Ensemble in residence HAASfest Armenia 2016

NonClassical

An Assembly

Filthy Lucre

Shadwell Opera (Eight Songs for a Mad King, Pierrot Lunaire)

London Ear Festival - Roberto Fabricciani on Berio Sequenza and contemporary technique - Masterclass Performer


Dror Feiler Lament for Solo Slide Flute and Ensemble

Solo recital series at St. Martin-in-the-fields

CPE Bach D minor Flute Concerto - Ensemble Eroica

Solo Performances


Orchestral Training

Southbank Sinfonia - Co-Principal Flute 2017

Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artist Programme Carmen (Wilton's Music Hall)

British Youth Opera The Vanishing Bridegroom and Don Giovanni

London Philharmonic Orchestra Future Firsts - Deputy 2017

Britten Pears Orchestra - Principal Piccolo 2016


Leverhulme Arts Scholar 2016

British Flute Society Young Artist Competition - Prize Winner

Royal Academy of Music Piccolo Competition - Prize Winner

Betty Brenner Scholarship Award

Harold Wrigley Alcock Award

Merit Entrance Scholarship awarded by the RAM

Prizes, Awards, Scholarships


Co-Founder, Director Workshop Leader Play for Progress

London Philharmonic Orchestra Education & Community Projects Sound Journeys

with Rachel Leach (2017) and John Webb (2018)

Teacher of Flute, St Alban’s High School for Girls

Visiting Workshop Leader Bentfield Primary School

Education & Outreach Experience


Royal Academy of Music 2012-2014, MA with First Class Honours and Distinction, LRAM

Professors Karen Jones, Michael Cox, Flute; Patricia Morris, Piccolo

Other teachers include: Gitte Marcusson, Robert Winn

Northwestern University 2008-2012, BMus Magna Cum Laude (High Honours)

Professor Walfrid Kujala, Flute and Piccolo

Education

“The atmosphere [created by Alyson’s performance]
was magical, exciting, and riveting.”

- BFS Young Artist Competition Adjudicator

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