Erick Friedman

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Erick Friedman
Born(1939-08-14)August 14, 1939
Newark, New Jersey
DiedMarch 30, 2004(2004-03-30) (aged 64)
New Haven, Connecticut

Erick Friedman (14 August 1939 – 30 March 2004) is an American violinist.

He has performed around the world as guest soloist with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris. He has collaborated with conductors such as Karajan, Stokowski, Steinberg, Leinsdorf, Previn, and Ozawa. His won a Grammy Award in 1996.

Early life[edit]

Friedman started playing the violin at age 6. He attended Juilliard at age 10, and was the only violinist to be a private student of both Nathan Milstein and Jascha Heifetz. He began studies with Heifetz at age 17 at the University of Southern California and recorded the Bach Double Concerto with him in 1961.[1]


Friedman worked as a concert artist and teacher, appearing with dozens of symphony orchestras throughout the world, and holding the positions of artist-in-residence at Southern Methodist and the Elman chair at the Manhattan School of Music.

In the early 1970s, Mr. Friedman was on the violin faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts.

An automobile accident in the late 1980s injured his left hand and arm and made performing at the virtuosic level impossible.

Friedman took a professorship at Yale University, where he remained for the remainder of his life, holding several master classes. During this time he was also a conductor, the director of a music festival, and a judge at many competitions. He has also taught at the Manhattan School of Music and Southern Methodist University.


He won a Grammy award in 1996 for his participation in the release of a set of all of Heifetz's recordings for RCA Victor.

Friedman received the 2000 Ignace J. Paderewski Award for Distinguished Contributions to Society and Culture.


Mr. Friedman died of cancer on March 30, 2004.

Personal life[edit]

His wife Lu Sun Friedman is also a professional violinist.