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Howard Frazin

The music of Howard Frazin has been called “genuinely touching” by the Dallas Morning News and “clear in design … ingeniously scored … with an almost unbearable poignancy” by The Boston Globe.  

The music of Howard Frazin has been called “genuinely touching” by the Dallas Morning News and “clear in design … ingeniously scored … with an almost unbearable poignancy” by The Boston Globe. His works are commissioned and performed by many leading ensembles including A Far Cry, Boston Classical Orchestra, Claremont Trio, Florestan Recital Project, Lorelei Ensemble, Lydian String Quartet, and Triple Helix, and programmed at festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Rockport, Monadnock, Bowdoin, Kneisel Hall, and Yellow Barn. His works are published by Edition Peters and recorded on Ravello Records and MSR Classics.

Mr. Frazin’s oratorio The Voice of Isaac—a retelling of the Abraham and Isaac story from Isaac’s perspective—was commissioned by PALS Children’s Chorus and premiered at Boston’s Jordan Hall in 2003, and recently performed by Coro Allegro at Sanders Theatre in April 2016. Recent orchestral works include In the Forests of the Night, originally commissioned and premiered by the Boston Classical Orchestra, with subsequent performances by multiple orchestras across the United States, and programmed this season by Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra for April 2017. Upcoming projects include a viola concerto in March 2017 for violist Kim Kashkashian and the Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society, as well as a song cycle in collaboration with the poet Donald Hall, and a new string quartet for Boston’s Arneis Quartet.

Mr. Frazin is co-founder and artistic director of WordSong and has taught composition at the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music. He was a composition student of Dominick Argento, and currently serves as Composer-in-Residence with the Bach, Beethoven and Brahms Society.

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