Fra Rustumji is a freelance violinist with a particular interest in improvisation and cross-genre collaboration. She has worked extensively with poets and dancers to co-create pieces as well as improvising live. Fra improvised to the poetry of Hibaq Osman and Sabrina Mahfouz at King’s Place as part of the Venus Unwrapped festival. As part of the Multi-Story Orchestra, Fra delivered projects of collaborative song-writing and orchestration with musicians from The Music Works in Gloucester, culminating in rooftop concerts of RnB, rap, spoken word and hip hop songs that featured the artists backed by the Multi-Story Orchestra itself. Fra has also curated poetry and chamber music evenings at the orchestras base in Peckham, London.
As a freelancer, Fra also plays with the Chineke! orchestra, the UK’s first majority Black and Minority Ethnic Orchestra; the Multi-Story Orchestra who bring music to unexpected places; and the Paraorchestra, whose mission is to promote the representation of professional musicians who have disabilities.
Fra works extensively in music education, involved in education projects for Shadwell Opera, Chineke! Orchestra, the Clod Ensemble, Multi-Story Orchestra and Spitalfields Music.
During lockdown, Fra has delivered education projects via digital workshops and presentations for the Multi-Story Orchestra, Chineke! Orchestra and Share Sound, Engines Orchestra and Spitalfields Music as well as continuing her teaching online for Ark Globe Academy and St. Thomas the Apostle School and 6th form college.
Before the lockdown, Fra also recorded extensively for film and TV, including for artists such as Nao, Celeste and Le Gateau Chocolat.