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.
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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.
TAKING MY TURN IN CONCERT
Gary William Friedman and Will Holt's award-winning musical TAKING MY TURN was be celebrated in concert in a one-night only event on March 9, 2020 at Feinstein's 54Below in New York. Click here to watch a Playlist of the Performances on YouTube!
March 9, 2020
ANTHEM, a chamber work set to a poem by Ross Yockey, commissioned by the Essex Chamber Music Players, was premiered on October 29th, 2017, at the David Hartleb Tech Center, Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill MA.
Following its world premiere on October 2nd, 2015, at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation, in Fairlawn, NJ, REFLECTIONS, the new chamber work commissioned by the Palisades Virtuosi, was recorded and released May 2017 by Albany Records in Volume Six of the Virtuosi's New American Masters Series.
by Palisades Virtuosi