Composer/Improvisor Phil Fried is a 2008 McKnight Foundation Fellow. Recent commissions include: a Centennial Commission from the Minnesota Orchestra for and a work for the new music ensemble Zeitgeist in honor of their 30th Anniversary concert and recording. One of his recent piano works, I remember the 60's..or was it the 70's,? is featured on the Innova label release, "Melville's Dozen,"with pianist Nikki Melville. Phil has had performances and residencies with The Minnesota Orchestra, The Camargo Foundation, The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Festival at Sandpoint, June in Buffalo, Music of Our Time, and Centre Acanthes, Avignon France. As a Jazz musician, Mr. Fried was a founding member of the New York Artists Collective. His first professional Jazz experience was performing with Ray Nance. Mr. Fried comes from a noted musical family. His father, Louis Fried, was an original cast member in several Broadway shows including Brigadoon and Carousel. His cousin was the noted composer Isadore Freed. Second to music is Dr. Fried's passionate interest in literature. He has written several texts and librettos including the text for his opera, The Dungeon of Esmeralda , and an adaptation of Hemingway's short story, The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Phil Fried completed his musical studies at the University of Chicago receiving his Ph.D. in Music Composition in 1985. Phil is an active "blogger" on both
Since 1999 he has maintained a free music composition lesson which can now be found on http://philipfried.blogspot.com/
Education: University of Chicago, Ph.D., Music Composition, 1985 Queens College, M.A., Music Composition, 1981 Queens College, B.M., Cum Laude, Music Performance, 1979 High School of Music and Art, New York City, 1973 Training Composition: Ralph Shapey, Henry Weinberg, Hugo Weisgall, George Perle Conducting: Ralph Shapey, Maurice Peress, Pierre Boulez Instruments: Julius Levine, Joseph Gustafeste (Chicago Symphony)/Double Bass Technology: Internet, Midi and CD ROM Technology (Apple and IBM)
No sonic Prejudice.