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.
Excerpts from Friedman's CELEBRATION service, were given a special performance on Rosh Hashanah, at East Side Synagogue, NYC, with the Rabbis Perry and Leah Berkowitz, presiding.
THE RAVEN, a new chamber work commissioned by the Pit Stop Players, had its world premiere on on May 4th, 2015, at St. Stephen's Church, NYC.
"Butterfly", a cantata for orchestra and soloists, based on a setting of poems by children incarcerated in the Terezin concentration camp, had its world premiere at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, in Columbus, Ohio, November 9, 2014.
The work, in commemoration of Kristallnacht, was conducted by Gary William Friedman, with baritone soloist, Cantor Jack Chomsky of Congregation Tifereth Israel.