Mark Friedman

Mark F.

Jamaica, NY
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My tailored approach to the individual needs of each student, problem solving of the most difficult issues involved with the clarinet and music combined with years of professional experience abroad are my hallmarks. If you are having problems with your embouchure, articulation, legato, breath control, air leak, reeds and phrasing then I am a teacher who will help you master these areas in a motivating environment. Bilingual with classes conducted in English or Spanish.

About Mark F.

I am a musician, clarinet soloist, orchestral and chamber music performer and teacher, co-founding professor of clarinet and chamber music for El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela. I was the principal & solo clarinet of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela for 35 years with decades of experience in teaching young adults, adolescents and children. I have developed techniques for achieving wonderful results and many of my former students have gone on to work as professionals abroad. Returning to NYC after so many years is exciting and I look forward to passing the torch of knowledge and musicianship on to the next generation of students. A number of my recordings can be easily found on the internet.


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I had a fabulous studying experience with Mark. He knew everything about clarinet and explained everything in a clear and understandable way. What impressed me the most is his exquisite approach to the music in different genres and epochs. He will help you to develop your skills and improve your understanding of the music.

Posted Apr 9, 2018
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Excellent teacher and the lessons are a lot of fun.

Posted Mar 28, 2018
Jorge Diez
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Excellent teacher and person. I was his student throughout my university career, a very clear pedagogy with which he takes you to get your maximum abilities to play the clarinet. he knows perfectly the orchestral repertoire and how to interpret the great solos of clarinet, great connoisseur of the solistico repertoire and it takes you to its correct execution according to the time and the style of the works. very focused on their students with the main aspects of execution, sound, articulation and interpretation. 100% recommended.

Posted Feb 2, 2018
Jesús V. Alcívar
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Excellent teacher, very pedagogical and knowledgeable of an extensive clarinet repertoire. He uses recognized methods, studies and diverse orchestral excerpts to develop the technique of his pupils. This technique will allow the student to play skillfully at any time (rehearsals, recitals, concerts, recordings) and in any musical format (orchestra, chamber music). He is always focused on the quality of the interpretation. Moreover, he adapts the work material to the needs of each student to solve any deficiency and enhance the strengths. Additionally, he provides advice about videos and recordings which help students expand their musical criteria. I highly recommend him!

Posted Dec 3, 2017

I was Mark's student during all my musical carreer at the university. Mark is a great teacher with a lot of experience and is also a wonderful musician. He knows all the solo clarinet repertoire especially orchestral and quickly recognizes problems with details providing the required tools of knowledge to resolve them.

Posted Nov 19, 2017
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I was Mark's student for 2 years in Venezuela. He is an excellent musician and clarinetist, with a high artistic level. I particularly liked his classes because he always explained how to play correctly, helped me to solve technical problems and how to play always with musicality. He really helped me to grow up as a musician and as a person, and I know that what he taught me in a short time, will last for all the years of my career

Posted Nov 18, 2017

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Principal Clarinet & Soloist
Oct 1982 - Nov 2017

Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela

I performed, recorded and toured nationally and internationally with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela (OSV). I retired after 35 years with this institution and premiered many works with the OSV. Among them as a soloist were the concertos of Bruch, Francaix, Siegmeister and Hajdu. I was also a board director of the OSV for six years between 2000-2006.


Music, Clarinet and Performance
Sep 1977 - Dec 1980

Manhattan School of Music

Music, Clarinet and Performance
Jul 1976 - Aug 1977

Tanglewood Music Festival Young Artists Program

High School - Liberal Arts and Music
Jan 1973 - Jun 1977

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School

Clarinet, Music and Performance
Jan 1975 - Dec 1976

Juilliard Pre-College


English and Spanish with some French, Italian, German & Hebrew

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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