Vince Frates is a pianist and composer based in Portland, Oregon. He started playing the keyboard at an early age. His natural feel for music and language eventually led him to study music at the University of Utah. He studied composition and theory under Henry Wolking and Alan Weight. Inspired by the soulful pianist Wayne Chritiansen, Vince decided to play professionally. Years of performing with different bands ensued. Vince plays authentically in many styles including rock, funk, soul, pop, country, jazz and fusion.
Vince became an in-demand studio musician in the early 1990s. That work led him to composing commercial music. He went on to write for documentary films, film trailers, broadcast television and promotional music of all kinds. Among Vince’s composition credits are Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, ABC Sports and The Today Show. His film trailer credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Lion King, The Adventures of Huck Finn and dozens more. Vince’s large catalog of library music is regularly heard in diverse video productions.
He is currently working on numerous projects. Vince performs as a leader, soloist, accompanist and ensemble player. He is frequently sarcastic and seldom serious. He thinks he’s hilarious. Just ask him.