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, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, 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 revised and performed by Coro Allegro at Sanders Theatre. Orchestral works include Of Echoes and Dreams premiered in 2018 by Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra; In the Forests of the Night, commissioned and premiered by the Boston Classical Orchestra, with subsequent performances by multiple orchestras across the United States, including Pro Arte in 2017. Other recent projects include a viola concerto for the Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms Society featuring internationally-renowned soloist Kim Kashkashian, a song cycle, Letting Go, in collaboration with the late U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall and premiered by baritone Keith Phares, and a string quartet for Boston’s Arneis Quartet. Upcoming 2020 commissioned projects include a new piano sonata for Jonathan Bass to be premiered on the Walden Chamber Players concert series, and a new work for guitarist Eliot Fisk, violinist James Buswell, and cellist Carol Ou commissioned by Music for Peace.
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.