Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
Violin, Del M. Smith & Maria Stanley Smith Associate Concertmaster Chair
Peter Frajola joined the Oregon Symphony as assistant concertmaster in 1984. He attended the University of Oregon for two years on the Ruth Close Scholarship, and was a Murdock Scholar at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received his B.M. Peter went on to become the assistant concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra and the co-concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony before returning to Oregon in 1984. He also has played in the Eugene, Marin and San Francisco Opera orchestras. Peter has been the concertmaster of the Ernest Bloch Music Festival since 1994.
As a soloist, Peter has performed with the Knoxville Symphony, San Francisco Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Central Oregon Symphony, the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and numerous appearances with the Oregon Symphony.
Peter’s first teachers were his parents Leah and Peter, who both played violin with the Oregon Symphony for many years. Peter has also studied with Lajos Balogh, Lawrence Maves of the University of Oregon, David Abel of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has played for Dorothy DeLay and Henryk Szeryng.
Peter enjoys performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist. When not playing music, he enjoys golfing, running and weightlifting. Peter and his wife Laurie live in Beaverton.