A multifaceted saxophonist Rostislav Fraš graduated from the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague and the Jazz Institute of the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland.
Already during his studies at the conservatory he quickly emerged as a vital element on the Prague jazz scene, where he became a popular sideman, leader of his own groups and gradually an acclaimed composer. In addition to its own projects, he regularly performs as a member of the Gustav Brom Czech Radio Big Band, The East European Artsemble and many others.
He has performed or recorded with world-renown musicians such as Peter Erskine, Maria Schneider, George Mraz, Fred Wesley, Georgie Fame, Duško Gojkovič or Kalman Olah.
The newest Fraš’s international project is a quartet consisting of top-notch Czech musicians with special guests – a world-renown Italian pianist Antonio Farao, who has been able to stay at an absolute cutting edge of European (and beyond) jazz music for many years, and the legendary Wynton Marsalis‘ drummer Jeff „Tain“ Watts!
Rostislav Fraš teaches at J.Ježek Conservatory&College in Prague and at Jazz Department of Janáček Academy in Brno.