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Peter Frajola

Associate Concertmaster

First season with the Oregon Symphony:

1984-1985

Most influential teacher(s):

My parents — both violinists. My dad used to play with this orchestra and my mom (Leah Frajola) still does!

Earliest musical memory:

My mom playing a recording of the "Nutcracker" Ballet music for my nap time.

"I first knew I would make music my career when ... "

In Junior High School, I started to make what I thought were some good sounds out of my violin.

"Other than performing music, I've always thought it might be fun to be a ... "

A destruction derby car driver.

Favorite composer and/or period?

J.S. Bach; the great symphonies of Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky; and almost anything on a recording played by Jascha Heifetz!

Why did you choose this pose for your photograph?

My wife, Laurie, is always so supportive of my career …

What do you enjoy most about performing?

What's not to enjoy about playing great music, especially in a world-class orchestra?

Other than playing great music, what do you see as the Symphony's most important role?

Making our community aware of how important artistic expression is in life.

What is your favorite part of being a member of the Oregon Symphony?

Sitting right in the middle of all of these great musicians with all of these glorious sounds coming at me, and being inspired by our wonderful music director, Maestro DePreist.

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