Erik Friedlander

The New York Philharmonic

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Cellist Erik Friedlander is a prolific solo artist, bandleader, and film composer. After years as a studio musician and improviser in New York’s downtown scene, he has become well known for scoring film and television. Most recently, he scored an episode of Matthew Weiner’s recent show, The Romanoffs, in fall 2018. In 2017 he composed the score for Thoroughbreds, a feature film directed by Cory Finley, which garnered great critical acclaim, as well as Oh Lucy!, directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, which was premiered this summer at the Cannes Film Festival.

In 2018 Mr. Friedlander released Artemisia, his latest album, with his new quartet, The Throw, which distills the brain-bending powers of absinthe; this was his 22nd record under his own name. Other recent releases include Rings, featuring Black Phebe, Erik Friedlander’s three-trios-in-one band (2016), and Oscalypso, a tribute to bassist and sometime cellist Oscar Pettiford (2015). He has also composed music for ads, dance, and documentaries, including the score for Nothing on Earth (2013, about the work of landscape photographer Murray Fredericks and his dangerous visits to the Greenland icecap) and the feature film Future Weather (2013).

Erik Friedlander started studying music at age five with guitar, and began cello lessons at age eight. He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as the Mountain Goats, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, and Courtney Love. His desire to participate in the swirl of musical styles he was surrounded by as a child led him to find new ways of playing the cello, and this discovery drives his solo work and compositions.

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