"Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced. [His] name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene." —SCOTS Magazine
Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles. Alasdair has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. He has represented Scotland internationally through performances sponsored by the British Council, and has been awarded touring support by the California Arts Council, with the ranking of "highest priority for inclusion on the roster; considered 'model' in stature."
Alasdair's richly expressive playing transports listeners across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically-styled airs, raucous dance tunes, and improvisations based on traditional themes. His vast repertoire spans several centuries of Scottish music and includes his own compositions, which blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge musical explorations. He weaves through his performances a warm and witty narrative, drawing from a deep well of stories and lore surrounding Scotland's musical heritage.
has been featured on over 100 television and radio shows in the
UK, and on several nationally-broadcast programs in the US, including CBS
Sunday Morning, NPR Morning Edition, A
Prairie Home Companion, and The Thistle & Shamrock. On The
Kennedy Center Honors (CBS TV) Fraser played a spcecial solo
tribute to honoree Sean Connery, a fellow Scot, in a segment
that included Catherine Zeta-Jones. Alasdair has made guest appearances
with groups as diverse as Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Waterboys and The
Chieftains, and as featured soloist along with Itzhak Perlman at
New York's Lincoln Center. His film credits include solo performances
on the soundtracks of several major films, including The Last of
the Mohicans and Titanic.