Miriam Fried

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Miriam Fried
Born (1946-09-09) 9 September 1946 (age 77)
Satu Mare, Romania
Occupation(s)Pedagogue, performer

Miriam Fried (born 9 September 1946)[1][2] is a Romanian-born Israeli classical violinist and pedagogue.


Miriam Fried was born in Satu Mare, Romania[2] but moved with her family to Israel when she was aged 2.[3]

Her family settled in Herzliya. Her mother was a piano teacher.[2] Miriam first took up piano lessons but when she was eight years old she made a definite choice for the violin. Her studies in Tel Aviv with Alice Fenyves continued under her brother Lorand Fenyves at Geneva,[2] Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School.[2][3]

In 1968 she won the Paganini Competition in Genoa and in 1971 the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels.[2][3]

Miriam Fried is the dedicatee and first performer of the Violin Concerto by Donald Erb. Other composers who have written works for her include Ned Rorem and Alexander Boskovich.[2]

She has recorded the complete solo sonatas and partitas of Johann Sebastian Bach, and twice recorded the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

She plays a 1718 Stradivarius believed to have been formerly owned by Louis Spohr, and also by Regina Strinasacchi, for whom Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Sonata in B-flat, K. 454.[3]

She has been artistic director and chair of the faculty at the Steans Institute for Young Artists[4] of the Ravinia Festival since 1993. She was a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. She is a member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory.[5] She was Professor of Violin at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.[2] Her students include Pekka Kuusisto and Nancy Zhou.

She gives master classes internationally.[5]

She is married to the violinist and violist Paul Biss, the son of the Russian-born cellist Raya Garbousova. Their sons are the pianist Jonathan Biss, with whom she often plays,[2] and Daniel Biss, who is the mayor of Evanston, Illinois.


  1. ^ "Today in Music History". Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i David C F Wright
  3. ^ a b c d Mendelssohn String Quartet
  4. ^ New England Conservatory
  5. ^ a b Opus3 Artists