Joseph Fridman

JOSEPH FRIDMAN, M.Mus., Piano Performance and Opera Directing

Mr. Fridman has earned two Master’s Degrees – as a pianist and opera director – both from the world-renowned St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia). He is a concert pianist, teacher, vocal coach and accompanist. He performs in solo and chamber recitals and has been broadcast frequently on CBC Radio.

Mr. Fridman taught at the Schools for Musically Gifted Children of St. Petersburg and Kiev and the Pskov Music College, and performed with the St. Petersburg and Pskov Philharmonics and Orchestras. Mr. Fridman served on the faculty of the Alberta College Conservatory of Music and the University of Alberta. He also worked as a repetiteur and diction coach at the Opera Nuova and Edmonton Opera. He was a performer, producer and stage director for "Musical Encounters", a series of concerts for children combining instrumental and vocal music, theatre, puppetry and fine art.

Mr. Fridman lectures and gives masterclasses and workshops throughout Canada, Ukraine, Russia and the USA. He has taught at various summer schools including “Strings and Keys” (Bergen), Alberta College International Music Academy (Edmonton), “Vivo!” (Edmonton) and was a clinician at the CASSA (Calgary) Summer School. He has adjudicated a number of festivals and competitions, including the prestigious Canadian Music Competition (CMC) and Seattle Young Artists Music Festival (SYAMFA).  

Mr. Fridman is a founder and co-director of the Alberta Music Academy, where he currently teaches.

Mr. Fridman's piano students have received first class honors and medals in RCM and Conservatory Canada Exams, first and second prizes in the Kiwanis Festival, Fall Festival  and Northern Alberta Concerto Competition. Many of his students have continued their studies at prestigious institutions such as McGill University, University of Toronto and Juilliard School.