Guest soloist at our December 10, 2017 concert, Fraser Jackson has been a member of the bassoon section of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has also performed with such groups as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Outside of his orchestral work, Fraser is one of the most versatile bassoonists going, throwing himself happily into everything from gnarly contemporary music to period instrument performance, jazz and commercial music. He co-founded two chamber groups, The Caliban Quartet and Musica Franca, whose recordings on the BIS, ATMA, and MSR Classics labels have some keen fans who really seem to like their inventive programming, their virtuosity and their stylistic variety. Fraser also performs regularly with Toronto-based groups like New Music Concerts and SoundStreams, and he was a long-time guest of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with such groups as the US National Repertory Orchestra, the USC Symphony and the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra. Fraser teaches bassoon at the University of Toronto and at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music and teaches in the summers at the Cammac Festival in Quebec and at Ontario’s Interprovincial Music Camp. He holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California where he was one of the last students to graduate from the studio of Norman Herzberg. Fraser has arranged over 70 pieces for various ensembles, some of which are published commercially and most of which involve at least one bassoon.