The German conductor, Stefan Fraas, studied music in Zwickau, Weimar and Dresden. His studies included piano, singing, and conducting of both choir and orchestra. His professional work with orchestras started in 1988 when he became Junior Conductor of the Vogtland Philharmonie Reichenbach.
In 1992 Stefan Fraas was appointed Conductor and in 1995 Managing Director and Executive Director of the Vogtland Philharmonie. From 2000 until 2006 he had been Chief Conductor of the Folkwang Chamber Orchestra in Essen. Concert tours took him and the orchestra to many European countries as well as to Cyprus, Israel, China and to the USA. In 1999 he was appointed Honorary Conductor by the Chinese Radiosymphony Orchestra Bejing. He serves as Vice President of the Musical Council of Saxony as well as Chairman of the Vogtland Cultural Advisory Board.
Frequent invitations to renowned festivals (Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, International Mozart Festival Schwetzingen, Classic Festival Ruhr, Santander Music Festival and others) are an expression of his versatile musical commitments. In 2002 Stefan Fraas gained widespread international recognition amongst experts for his recordings and adaptations of Frederic Chopin's piano concertos for string orchestra (soloist: Elena Margolina).