Fraser Gordon

BA, BMus(Hons), PGDip RSAMD

Woodwind - Contra Bassoon

Principal Contrabassoon in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2011

Ensemble performer and recording artist

Fraser studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Janet Bloxwich, David Hubbard and Alan Warhurst. After several busy years freelancing with the orchestras in Scotland, he was appointed to his current post as Principal Contrabassoon in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011, following in the footsteps of several notable British contrabassoonists including David Chatterton, Dominic Weir, Kenneth Cooper and Nicholas Reader. In the RPO he particularly enjoys the opportunity to perform the major French works (and their prominent contra moments!) with Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit, as well as performing in and exploring major cities around the world. He performs regularly as a guest with the other orchestras in London and the UK and has worked with conductors such as Gergiev, Rattle, Noseda, Davis, Ticciati, Volkov and Nelsons.

From his first experience playing contrabassoon in Edinburgh Youth Orchestra to a recent performance with the World Orchestra for Peace at the BBC Proms, Fraser has always enjoyed the supportive and blending role of the contrabassoon within the orchestra. He relishes the opportunities which arise in the world of chamber music, recently having recorded and toured John Adams’s Chamber Symphony with the Aurora Orchestra and performed Strauss’s Serenades with London Winds.

Fraser plays on two vintage 1950s Heckel contrabassoons, one previously owned by Richard Plaster formerly of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Photo by Christopher Bowen



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@frasercontra • Jul 29
Christmas for contra players? #tubecane #marion #rigotti #reedmaking
@frasercontra • Jul 27
Flight of The Navigator- kidnapped by a spaceship and when you come back you’re family have forgotten you and move……
@frasercontra • Jul 25
.@IDRS can we make an International Contrabassoon Day please? I see that back in 1996 there was an International Contrabassoon FESTIVAL...
@frasercontra • Jul 25
This pic of a glacier is helping me quite a bit. #heatwave
@frasercontra • Jul 25
I just folded and put away a jumper. A JUMPER. I mean, can you even IMAGINE owning one of those right now?!?