Sebastian Fraser, cello
Sebastian Fraser has been playing the cello for twelve years. He began playing in his hometown, Las Vegas, Nevada, with Mr. Jeremy Woolstenhulme and later moved onto studying with Dr. Andrew Smith at University of Nevada Las Vegas as a high schooler. While in Las Vegas, he attended Las Vegas Academy of the Arts and was principal cellist for their top symphony orchestra and was a member of the Las Vegas Youth Philharmonic. In the middle of his high school career his family moved to Boise, Idaho. While in Boise, he studied with Dr. Brian Hodges at Boise State University and continued to excel in performance by leading as principal cellist in the local Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and as a member of the Boise State Symphony, and All Northwest Orchestra. When he was a junior, he won first place in the Idaho Music Educators Association State Solo and Ensemble competition.
Sebastian currently studies with Dr. Robert Tueller at Brigham Young University-Idaho and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis in string performance. He was awarded the music department’s highest talent scholarship award and acts as principal cellist of the Brigham Young University-Idaho Symphony. He currently teaches a small studio of cellist in Rexburg, Idaho and is an active member of the cello section in the Idaho Falls Symphony. He has performed in master classes with Steven Doane, Carlos Prieto, Rachel Freivogel of the Jaspar String Quartet, and David Ellis of the Saguenay String Quartet. He was also featured as a soloist with world class pianist, Norman Krieger, in the performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Brigham Young University-Idaho Symphony. He plays a cello that is a copy of a Giovanni B. Gabrielli cello made by Michael Gerlach.