Fraser Jackson has been the contrabassoonist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1990. He has also performed with such groups as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Outside of his orchestral work, Fraser is one of the most versatile bassoonists going, throwing himself happily into everything from gnarly contemporary music to period instrument performance, jazz and commercial music. He co-founded two chamber groups, The Caliban Quartet and Musica Franca, whose recordings on the BIS, ATMA, and MSR Classics labels have some keen fans who really seem to like their inventive programming, their virtuosity and their stylistic variety. Fraser also performs regularly with Toronto-based groups like New Music Concerts, he was a long-time guest of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and he performs often with his wife, pianist Monique de Margerie. As a concerto soloist, he has performed with such groups as the US National Repertory Orchestra, the USC Symphony, the Georgian Bay Symphony Orchestra, and Burlington's Symphony on the Bay. Fraser teaches bassoon in the summers at the Cammac Festival in Quebec and at Ontario’s Interprovincial Music Camp. He holds music degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California where he was one of the last students to graduate from the studio of Norman Herzberg. Fraser has arranged over 75 pieces for various ensembles, some of which are published commercially and most of which involve at least one bassoon.