Soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. She has performed as a guest soloist with contemporary music ensembles Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Asko|Schönberg, Remix, ICTUS, Plus-Minus and Talea. She is also a core member of EXAUDI vocal ensemble, which she co-founded with composer/conductor James Weeks in 2002 and with whom she performs a repertoire ranging from ars subtilior to the most complex new works.
Juliet is an active commissioner of new music and has worked particularly closely with composers Michael Finnissy, Bernhard Lang, Cassandra Miller and Rebecca Saunders. Much of her commissioning focuses on creating a body of new work for voice and piano (with duo partner Mark Knoop) or for voice and electronics.
Premieres this season include works by Pia Palme, Rebecca Saunders, Laurence Crane and Pascale Criton at festivals such as November Music, Wien Modern, Ultraschall, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik and Tectonics Glasgow. She is also known for breathing new life into existing repertoire: recent such performances include Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil, Holliger’s Increschantüm and Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet.
Her debut disc was a recording of Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, released on Hat Hut in 2016. Her discography now includes Bernhard Lang’s The Cold Trip, part 2 (Kairos), Michael Finnissy’s Andersen-Liederkreis (Hat Hut), a binaural recording of Milton Babbitt’s Philomel (all that dust) and portrait discs of Andrew Hamilton (NMC), Cassandra Miller (all that dust) and Frank Denyer (another timbre). This year she has released two ‘performer portrait’ discs: one of recent solo works written for her by Lisa Illean, Sivan Eldar, Nomi Epstein and Lawrence Dunn (HCR), and one of extant solos and duos by Chaya Czernowin, Enno Poppe, Beat Furrer and Rebecca Saunders (NEOS).
Juliet is the founder and artistic director of the eavesdropping series in London, and co-director with Mark Knoop and Newton Armstrong of all that dust, a new label for new music.
Photo credit: Dimitri Djuric