Stanley Friedman’s compositions have been premiered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, l’Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the Northwestern University Orchestra, the Wilma Smith & Friends Chamber Series (Australia), the Italian WonderBrass, the Canadian Brass and by major soloists and ensembles at music festivals worldwide. He is a four-time winner of the International Trumpet Guild Composition Prize. His solo trumpet work SOLUS has become a world success, with multiple CD recordings and programming on recitals and trumpet competitions in many countries. Friedman’s Cantata SOJOURNER TRUTH has been performed multiple times. Friedman’s first opera Hypatia, premiered in concert at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, and earned praise as “orchestrally impressive and lyrically quite rich” (NZ Opera news). Friedman was identified as “...a significant new opera composer.”
After earning a DMA in composition at the Eastman School of Music, Friedman began a performing career that included principal trumpet positions with the New Zealand Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and other orchestras. He also has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded for motion pictures, television, and commercial CDs. His solo CD, “The Lyric Trumpet” (ODE), was honored as “Best Classical Recording” by the New Zealand Music Awards. He has taught at Victoria University (NZ), Tel Aviv University, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Mississippi, and other institutions. A Yamaha Artist, Friedman has toured internationally, conducting his music and presenting master classes at universities and conservatories in Europe, Australasia, and throughout the USA.