Ali Friedman

Ali Friedman

Twenty three year old violist and violinist Ali Friedman was born in Phoenix, Arizona and recently received her bachelors of music in viola performance with honors from Arizona State University under the instruction of Nancy Buck and Katie McLin. Throughout her studies, Friedman has developed a passion both for quartet playing as well as community engagement through music.

As a chamber musician, Ali Friedman has preformed throughout the country as well as internationally. She has participated in several festivals including the Saarburg International Music Festival, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Castleman Quartet Program, and St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar. Friedman has studied chamber music with premier groups such as the Julliard, St. Lawrence, Shanghai and Brentano String Quartets, as well as performed in master classes for renowned performers such as Ivo-Jan Van Der Werff, and Heidi Castleman.

As a passionate young educator and community builder through the arts, Friedman has been part of several programs using the arts as a medium for social justice. As a private teacher, Ali worked through String Project ASU for several year which aims to provide accessible and affordable music lessons. In addition, in the summer of 2011, Friedman volunteered with the non profit Vive Peru and taught violin to students in a youth orchestra in Trujillo, Peru. Previously, as part of her thesis project for Barrett, the Honors College, Ali created and ran Rainbow Connection: An integrated choir with individuals on and off the autism spectrum, which she co-founded in 2012. The program is now part of the pre-clinical music therapy program at ASU. You can learn more by clicking this link

In the future, Ali hopes to play professionally in a quartet which centers around finding ways to empower communities and advocates for social justice. Above all, Ali hopes to impact the lives of others through music in a positive way!