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David Friend


David Friend is a New York City-based pianist who specializes in new and experimental music. A fearless performer, he has been hailed by critics for his adventurous programming, his commanding technique, and his captivating performances. His playing has been described as “astonishingly compelling” (Washington Post), “magical” (New York Concert Review), and the New York Times calls him “[one] of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene.” He performs regularly at major venues around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall (London), Disney Hall (Los Angeles), and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing), as well as at more underground venues like Betalevel (Los Angeles) and (le) Poisson Rouge (NYC). He is a member of Ensemble Signal, TRANSIT New Music, Grand Band Piano Sextet, and Bent Duo, and also performs frequently with other notable groups such as the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Alarm Will Sound, Hotel Elefant, and the American Composers Orchestra. He has worked with many of the most renowned composers of our time, including Pulitzer prizewinners Julia Wolfe, Caroline Shaw, David Lang, and Steve Reich, and has premiered scores of works by emerging and established composers of immense variety. His performances have been broadcast on radio and television in the United States and abroad including for NPR’s Performance Today, Q2’s Hammered!, and WNYC’s Fresh Sounds. He has recorded for the New Amsterdam, Harmonia Mundi, Cedille, Innova, Albany, Naxos, and Dacapo labels, including as a guest artist on Third Coast Percussion’s album of music by Steve Reich, which won the Grammy award for best chamber music performance.