Gary William Friedman is a versatile composer best known for his groundbreaking score for the TONY nominated, OBIE Award winning musical THE ME NOBODY KNOWS.
Other musical theater credits include the award winning TAKING MY TURN, which was presented on PBS Television's Great Performance Series, SHEBA, PLATINUM, THE LAST SUPPER and most recently, TREASURE ISLAND.
In addition to the theater, his music spans the genres of jazz, film, symphonic and liturgical works.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, he graduated from Brooklyn College where he completed his post-graduate studies in education.
He studied electronic music composition at Columbia University with Vladimir Ussachevsky, and advanced classical composition privately with Hall Overton and Jan Meyerowitz.
His orchestral, operatic and dance works have been commissioned and performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lancaster Music Festival, the Columbus Symphony, The Festival at Sandpoint, Idaho, and Encompass New Opera Theatre.
In addition to scoring features and highly acclaimed television films, he served as Music Director for T.V.'s "The Electric Company", for which he wrote many songs including the popular "Spider Man Theme Song".
He has co-produced and arranged several internationally acclaimed jazz recordings by his wife, Stevie Holland. The two are also songwriting collaborators.
COLLOQUY is Gary William Friedman's debut classical recording release.
An exciting and challenging collection, the CD contains varied, and highly personal and introspective works: Passages, a dramatic clarinet concerto, Song Of Moses, an a capella choral work, Colloquy, a sonata for viola and piano, featuring NY Philharmonic violist Judith Nelson and internationally acclaimed concert pianist Judith Lynn Stillman, and My Heart's Friend, an orchestral setting of four poems for soprano and baritone.
Fanfare Magazine's review of COLLOQUY described Friedman as "a composer who has mastered his craft", and whose "music successfully combines accessibility with artistic integrity, lyricism with abstraction, and abundant heart with refined design."
View the documentary video on the making of My Heart's Friend from the CD COLLOQUY here.
Listen to selections fom COLLOQUY here.
"Butterfly", a cantata for orchestra and soloists, based on a setting of poems by children incarcerated in the Terezin concentration camp, will have its world premiere at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, in Columbus, Ohio, November 9, 2014.
The work, in commemoration of Kristallnacht, will be conducted by Gary William Friedman. Cantor Jack Chomsky of Congregation Tifereth Israel, will be the baritone soloist.
AN AMERICAN S'LICHOT
Gary William Friedman will conduct his
An American S'Lichot Service
on September 20, 2014,
at Washington Hebrew Congregation, in Washiongton, D.C.
The work, scored for Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Soloists, will feature Cantors Mikhail Manevich and Susan Bortnick.
Inspired by the Edgar Allen Poe poem, is a new Orchestral Chamber Work, the Second Movement of a projected Tryptych.
"The Raven" will be performed by the Pit Stop Players, with Joshua Rosenblum Conducting, on October 27, 2014, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, NYC.