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.
A New Musical with Lyrics by Will Holt and Book by Sherman Yellen
Wins BROADWAY WORLD's BEST MUSICAL for its Regional World Premiere at Theatre Three!
RECENT PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS
The National Chamber Ensemble presented "Jewish Musical Treasures" for its 2013-2014 Season Opening Night, on November 9, 2013.
The Season Concert was on the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, marking tragedy with the power of music.
SABBATH SONG, a setting of a poem by Arnold Horwitt, was performed by Cantor Mikhail Manevich, Violinst Leonid Sushansky, and Pianist Carlos Rodriguez.
Washington, D.C. Premiere:
AN AMERICAN S'LICHOT
Gary William Friedman conducted his
An American S'Lichot Service
on September 8th, 2012
At Washington Hebrew Congregation, with Cantors Mikhail Manevich and Susan Bortnick.