JEFFERSON FRIEDMAN (b 1974 )
American composer Jefferson Friedman received his M.M. degree in music composition in May 2001 from the Juilliard School, where he studied with John Corigliano, and his B.A. from Columbia University, where his teachers included David Rakowski and Jonathan Kramer. His music has been performed throughout the United States and abroad, most notably at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the American Academy in Rome.
His catalogue includes solo and chamber works, a chamber opera, two orchestral works, and three string quartets. Commissions include the National Symphony Orchestra, the contemporary music ensemble Yesaroun’ Duo, Chiara String Quartet, and the Utah Arts Festival. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival three times, studying with George Tsontakis twice, and with John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse, and has been composer-in-residence at the Seaside Institute (FL).
In 2000, Jefferson Friedman received the ASCAP Leo Kaplan Award and the BMI Student Composer Award for String Quartet No. 2. His other awards include the 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, 2001 Palmer Dixson Prize, and a 2001 Juilliard Orchestra Competition win. He is the recipient of the 2004 Rome Prize Fellowship in Musical Composition from the American Academy in Rome