Regenesis, [conducted by composer Stanley Friedman] combines sustained dissonant string chords with a recurring bassoon theme...and progresses to a busy polyphonic texture, with banter between woodwinds and brasses... The piece suggested the sensation of a momentous occasion and an ensuing journey. Memphis Commercial Appeal on Opera Memphis Salutes Israel at Fifty.
(Friedman is] ...a significant new opera composer. Undoubtedly a dramatic plot... Glorious...melodies, communicating directly and making the dramatic points with an ease that is welcome.
– The Dominion (New Zealand)
...Hypatia is dynamite! It's surely going to be one of the best-loved operas of our time. ...your Music not only capitalizes on all the opportunities the story provides but goes beyond that to be just wonderful music in its own right. Few composers have shown me such ability to write music which is clear and expressive in its harmonic shadings while at the same time fresh and personal.
– Dr. Donald Friend, Indiana University
...His music creates engaging sonorities and provocative rhythms... The ingenious trumpet and tuba solos call for a specialized form of dexterity and tonal production and received expert service from Thomas Stevens and Roger Bobo
– Los Angeles Times
I have had a real, strong emotional shock listening to… [Hypatia]. You have a great talent.
– Jean-Pierre Mathez, BIM Publications, Switzerland
...Songs from Porgy and Bess brought moments of musical magic. The (Christchurch, NZ Symphony) offered accompaniments of commendable sensitivity and tonal richness. [Conductor] Stanley Friedman ably directed the players through a sparkling delivery...
– The Christchurch Press, New Zealand
...Friedman had been commissioned by the ITG to write a new work ... Given the success of his widely acclaimed Solus, he had seemed a most logical choice. This new work LAUDE. . . is an unusually effective solo.... It constantly demands the listener' s attention.
– ITG Journal
...The most significant performance of the 1992 festival. Hypatia followed a more traditional pattern, as befits a classical subject, with set pieces that studied states of mind, with time for things to evolve. Hypatia comes across as well-made.. Orchestrally impressive and lyrically quite rich.
– New Zealand Opera News
The fullest example of what the voice is capable of was provided by Stanley Friedman's She Walks in Beauty... It has erotically charged scriabin-like harmonies and ecstatically arching vocal lines delivered with effortless beauty.
– The Dominion, New Zealand
His new Concerto Grosso skillfully joins classical and baroque ... Ideas and forms with a strictly contemporary musical language. ... Full of dramatic surprises... Totally American, totally original...
– Pasadena Star News
Texas A&M University, Kingsville
New Brass Directions, Belgium
International Trumpet Guild
New Zealand International Festival of the Arts
University of Michigan
Cleveland Institute of Music
University of North Carolina School for the Arts
Texas Christian University
Southern Methodist University
University of Tennessee
Northwestern University Orchestra
International Horn Society
New Brass Directions, Belgium
The Banff Festival/International Trumpet Guild
Hochschule für Musik - Detmold, Germany
Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Society
l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
World Premiere: Cantata SOJOURNER TRUTH; Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana; with soprano Valerie Francis and Nicholls State faculty chamber ensemble
Master class: Nicholls State University
Cantata SOJOURNER TRUTH repeat performance; Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana; with soprano Valerie Francis and Nicholls State faculty
Master class #2: Nicholls State University
Cantata SOJOURNER TRUTH performance; performance at Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, Louisiana; with soprano Valerie Francis and Nicholls State faculty
Master class: New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts
Master class: Loyola University
Concert with Louisiana Philharmonic; Kodaly and Janacek
Master class: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, University of New Mexico; composer presentation and World Premiere of CHAMBER CONCERTO for Solo Trumpet & Eight Players; soloist John Marchiando with musicians of the New Mexico Philharmonic
World Premiere: THE HYDRA, VANQUISHED for orchestral brass & percussion; Cancer Blows Foundation benefit concert at Meyerson Symphony Hall, Dallas; with principals of the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony; conducted by S. Friedman
STANLEY FRIEDMAN'S music has been premiered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the Memphis Symphony, the Northwestern University Orchestra and by major soloists in festivals around the world. His opera HYPATIA (premiered in concert at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts) earned praise as orchestrally impressive and lyrically quite rich" [(NZ) Opera News]. The (NZ) Dominion identified Friedman as "…a significant new opera composer."
Widely known for his music for brass, Friedman has received awards and commissions from the International Trumpet Guild, the International Horn Society, the International Trombone Association and many leading soloists and ensembles. His SOLUS for unaccompanied trumpet is a world success and has been designated required contemporary repertoire" for major international solo competitions. Friedman's works are published by EDITIONS BIM (Switzerland), SUBITO MUSIC and ASHER ROSE MUSIC (USA), ANTES EDITION (Germany)and are recorded on multiple labels.
A YAMAHA TRUMPET ARTIST, Friedman has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and held principal positions with the New Zealand Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. His solo CD The Lyric Trumpet (ODE #1327) won Best Classical Recording of 1989 honors at the New Zealand Music Awards and has been critically acclaimed in leading publications. Friedman has presented solo recitals and master-classes throughout the U.S. and abroad and often is called upon to conduct concerts and recordings of his music.
Born in 1951, Friedman earned a doctorate in composition at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to his composing, performing and conducting, Friedman has held faculty positions at universities around the world.
COMPOSER • CONDUCTOR • YAMAHA TRUMPET ARTIST
MASTER CLASSES and GUEST ENGAGEMENTS • 2014 - 2015
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Bienen School of Music
INDIANA UNIVERSITY, Jacobs School of Music
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN School of Music
CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS College of Music
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, Meadows School of the ARTS
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY School of Music
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE School of Music
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
GARDNER - WEBB UNIVERSITY
BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY
prior to 2014
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK, Hanns Eisler; Berlin, Germany
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Karlsruhe, Germany
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Freiburg, Germany
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Detmold, Germany
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Andelsbuch, Austria
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Kitzbühel, Austria
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Bregenz, Austria
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Linz, Austria
VORALBERGER MUSIKWERKE; Feldkirch, Austria
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Bern, Switzerland
HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Luzern, Switzerland
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY/Long Beach
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY/Fullerton
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
BOSTON OPERA INSTITUTE
ST. OLAF COLLEGE
EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC
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