artistic director, oboe
Marg O'Donnell & Di Khursandi Chair
Born in Brisbane
Soloist since 2001
Artistic Director 2011 – present
Photo: Israel Rivera
Born in Australia, Tania Frazer completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with David Theodore at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London on full scholarship. Following graduation, she was a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra working closely with Lorin Maazel, Rostropovich, Solti and others. As a chamber musician Tania Frazer has collaborated with artists such as Richard Tognetti, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Dawn Upshaw, Ilya Konovalov, and Avi Avital to name a few.
A dedicated teacher, Tania is the Oboe Lecturer at the University of Queensland in Brisbane and is also the Director of the Southern Cross Soloists Winter Music School.
At the age of 23, Tania was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform with the famous Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under his direction. Tania has since appeared as Principal Oboe with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on many occasions under Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev and others. Tania has performed as Principal Oboe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony, the Jerusalem Symphony, Stavanger Symphony in Norway, the Montreal Chamber Orchestra and was Principal Cor Anglais of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a season.
From 1997-2001, Tania held the position of Principal Oboe with the prestigious Israel Opera in Tel Aviv. From 2004-2008, Tania was Principal Oboe with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and performed as a soloist on the Australian Chamber Orchestra's 2006 tour of Europe alongside American soprano Dawn Upshaw at some of Europe’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, Tania won first prize at the Coleman International Competition in Los Angeles, the Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee Award in London, the Australian Foundation in London Award, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Award (UK) and is featured in the Who’s Who of Australian Women in recognition of her contribution to the arts.