Ariel Friedman


Ariel, a classically trained cellist from the Boston area, is one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and is currently studying with renowned jazz musician Hankus Netsky at New England Conservatory where she will receive a masters degree in 2011. A winner of ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award, her heart currently lies in exploring the American roots tradition, 1920’s and 30’s jazz, and in composing songs and tunes influenced by her diverse musical tastes. As part of an accompanied duo with her sister, Ari & Mia are opening hearts and dance floors throughout the States with music that explores the realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Ariel also performs, tours, and records with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, is a member of the Boston-based trad band, Long Time Courting, and plays with New England’s highly acclaimed fiddle band Childsplay. She teaches at various fiddle camps during the summer and has her own private studio. for more info.