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Philip Fried

CountryUnited States of America

Composer Phil Fried is a 2008 McKnight Foundation Fellow.

Recent commissions include: A Centennial Commission from the Minnesota Orchestra for Episodes, and a work for the new music ensemble Zeitgeist in honor of their 30th Anniversary concert and recording. One of his recent piano works, I remember the 60's..or was it the 70's?, is featured on the Innova label release, "Melville's Dozen," with pianist Nikki Melville. Phil has had performances and residencies with The Minnesota Orchestra, The Camargo Foundation, The Tanglewood Music Festival, The Festival at Sandpoint, June in Buffalo, Music of Our Time, and Centre Acanthes, Avignon France. As a Jazz musician, Mr. Fried was a founding member of the New York Artists Collective. His first professional Jazz experience was performing with Ray Nance. Mr. Fried comes from a noted musical family. His father, Louis Fried, was an original cast member in several Broadway shows including Brigadoon and Carousel. His cousin was the noted composer Isadore Freed. Second to music is Dr. Fried's passionate interest in literature. He has written several texts and librettos including the text for his opera, The Dungeon of Esmeralda, and an adaptation of Hemingway's short story, The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Phil Fried completed his musical studies at the University of Chicago receiving his Ph.D. in Music Composition in 1985.


* McKnight Composers Fellowship, 2008
* Itty Bitty Symphony,Or not a lota sonata, Commissioned by Zeitgeist for their 30th Anniversary concerts June 2008
* International Society of Improvised Music Conference (December 2007) solo bass/electronics performance
* Episodes, orchestral piece centennial commission by the Minnesota Orchestra for "Extreme Orchestra" concerts Fall 2006
* Meet the Composer 's Creative Connections award Fall 2006 for Episodes
* Six for Minneapolis, song cycle commission by Zeitgeist, St. Paul, MN, March 18, 2006
* American Composers Forum Subito Grant, first performance, Zeitgeist, December 2005
* ASCAP Standard Awards 1994-2009 consecutive, annual award for excellence
* July 11-14, 2004 Zeitgeist/Composer Workshop, residency for exploration and experimentation with the Zeitgeist ensemble, supported in part by a Meet the Composer Grant
* May 2004, Elements for Orchestra, Movement IV, Fire scheduled for the Minnesota Orchestra's Reading Session and Composer Institute
* March 2004, Meet the Composer Grant for participation in Minnesota Orchestra's Reading Sessions
* September-December 2003, Composer-in-Residence, Camargo Foundation Cassis, France
* February 12 and 14, 2003, My First 12-Tone Piece or Serial Music Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore, commission by Fair School, Robbinsdale MN for youth string orchestra and narrator
* 2002, Concert Work for String Bass, commission by Peter Lloyd, principal bassist, MN Orchestra
* February-April 2002, Incidental Music for Medea, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minneapolis, MN
* 2002, First Alternate for Camargo Foundation residency in Cassis, France
* 2000-01, Esquisse I & II commissioned by the Augsburg College Concert Band
* November 4-6, 1999, Elements for Orchestra, Movement III, performed by the Minnesota Orchestra
* 1999, ASCAP Bernstein Fund Award
* May 1998, American Composer's Forum, Minnesota Orchestra Perfect Pitch Reading Session, Elements for Orchestra, Movements II & III
* 1997, American Composers Forum Commission Grant/Jerome Foundation for Sea Flowers
* June in Buffalo, String Quintet No. 2, Boston Composers Quartet, Buffalo, New York 1991
* Music of Our Time,

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