David Friend

David Friend is dedicated to ensuring the continued relevance of the art of the piano in contemporary culture. In his programming, his special projects, and his philosophical approach, his mission is to connect the dots between an art form with a glorious but rusting history and the digitized, post-modern society around us.

As a champion of new and experimental music, David Friend is taking piano performance in new directions. He has worked with the preeminent composers of our time (Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen) and has performed at the world’s top venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), the Chan Centre (Vancouver), the Belem Cultural Center (Lisbon) and the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid). As a founding member of the TRANSIT collective, he also collaborates closely with emerging composers from around the world.

David has performed with respected new music groups including the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Signal, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Red Light New Music, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He also enjoys projects that go beyond the common stylistic or performance practices of classical music including cross-disciplinary projects with Dance Imprints, live sound installations at the Aspen Art Museum, the Corps Exquis project in NYC, and working with musicians from different traditions such as Bill Frisell (guitar innovator), Don Byron (clarinet rebel), and Ryuichi Sakamoto (Japanese pop icon).

As a soloist, David Friend presents programs that seek to revitalize the experience of a piano recital for the 21st century. Rather than dressing up a Belle Epoque convention with modernist harmonies, he seeks out composers who are rethinking the vitality of the piano recital format and experimenting with new concepts in sound, technology, and performance practice. A core goal remains David’s dedication to making new and contemporary music meaningful and relevant to audiences today.

David Friend appears in the following:

Mechanical Music with David Friend

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For the month of August, pianist David Friend of ensemble TRANSIT and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble guest hosts Hammered! Week One: Mechanical Music from John Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Conlon Nancarrow and more.

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The Kids are Alright (Keyboard Music from Composers Under 40)

Monday, August 26, 2013

All this week on Hammered!, pianist David Friend features keyboard music by composers under the age of 40. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by Chris Cerrone, Judd Greenstein, Ryan Francis, Conrad Tao and more.

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Piano +

Monday, August 19, 2013

This week on Hammered! pianist David Friend examines music by John Cage, Frederic Rzewski and others that takes traditional piano writing as a starting point, but deviates from the basics of traditional technique. Listen weekdays at 10 am.

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Piano Bands

Monday, August 12, 2013

This week, pianist David Friend continues his Hammered! residency with music for multiple pianos, featuring performances from the British piano sextet Piano Circus, as well as Friend's own piano sextet Grand Band. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by Steve Reich, Kevin Volans and more.

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Mechanical Music with David Friend

Monday, August 05, 2013

For the month of August, pianist David Friend of ensemble TRANSIT and the Bang on a Can Festival Ensemble guest hosts Hammered! Week One: Mechanical Music from John Adams, Donnacha Dennehy, Conlon Nancarrow and more.

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