Gavin Fraser (1993) is a composer and bass-baritone singer hailing from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. His music “often balances on a tightrope between static beauty and violence” and has been described as “fresh with pithy modesty” (NY Classical Review ’17).
Often inspired by dreams, the ocean, climate justice, and storytelling, Fraser composes for diverse forces, including chamber music, vocal works, large ensemble pieces, electroacoustic music, and music for film.
Most recently, Fraser collaborated with Barbara Hannigan and the EQ ensemble on the new short chamber opera Penelope (’21), and was commissioned by Jonathan Crow for a new chamber work which premiered at the Toronto Summer Music (’21). Fraser scored the horror film The Human Limit (2022), his first feature length film score, directed by Chelsea Comeau.
Fraser’s compositions have been performed across Canada, in New York City, Los Angeles, Berlin and Portugal. Fraser has received numerous awards, notably from the SOCAN Foundation, the Land’s End Composer Competition, the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, the University of Toronto’s COVID-19 Global Student Engagement Award, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Currently the composer in residence at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance, Fraser has also served as their program director, assistant artistic director, and one of their resident composition teachers. He is completing his doctorate in composition at the University of Toronto.