Mark Friedman

Mark F.

New York, NY
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Mark delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1977

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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Experience

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.

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Education

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

Languages

English and Spanish with some French, Italian, German & Hebrew
Fluent / Native Proficiency

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Jorge Diez Feb 2, 2018
Clarinet · In studio

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.

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Jesús V. Alcívar Dec 3, 2017
Clarinet · In studio

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!

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Glenda Nov 19, 2017
Clarinet ·

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.

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Sabrina Nov 18, 2017
Clarinet · In studio

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

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