Prof. Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried



Miriam Fried has been recognized for many years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician – equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician – she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Her supreme blend of artistry and musicianship continues to inspire audiences worldwide.

Miriam Performs All Over the World

Miriam Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony. Recital tours have taken her to all of the major music centers in North America and to Brussels, London, Milan, Munich, Rome, Paris, Salzburg, Stockholm and Zurich.

Best Selling Recordings

Ms. Fried’s highly praised New York recitals of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin were the culmination of three years of international performances. She recently returned to this music, recording the complete Sonatas and Partitas in France, which were released in the spring of 1999 on the Lyrinx label. She has also made a prize-winning recording of the Sibelius Concerto with the Helsinki Philharmonic under the direction of Okko Kamu, available on the Finlandia label, which has become a best-seller.

Chamber music plays an important role in Ms. Fried’s musical life. She was recently the first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and collaborates regularly with her son, pianist  Jonathan Biss. Miriam Fried continues her impressive tenure as Artistic Director of the Steans Insitutes at Ravinia.

Miriam’s Stradivarius

Miriam Fried plays a particularly noteworthy violin, a 1718 Stradivarius that is said to have been the favorite of its 18th-century owner, the composer-conductor Louis Spohr. It was also owned by Regina Strinasacchi who, it is thought, used the instrument to play with Mozart the Sonata in B-flat, K. 454, which had been written for her. A noted pedagogue, Miriam Fried is on the faculty of New England Conservatory and is invited to give master classes throughout the world.

Continues to Offer Master Classes

Miriam Fried spent the last year researching, studying, practicing and taking about the Bach solo sonatas and partitas. Additionally she gave a series of master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music focusing on these works. At the end of the project the students performed the works in a public concert.

During these coming months she will be performing all of the solo Bach works at the Ravinia Festival, in Jordan Hall in Boston and in Jerusalem. She will also play some of them in Belgium, Toronto, and in Vancouver. This project will culminate with a recording of the sonatas and partitas in December of 2016.