Ariel Friedman is a multi-genre cellist, composer and educator. A winner of ASTA’s Alternative Styles Award, she is steeped both in the music of American roots traditions and a broad range of classical repertoire. Ariel tours the U.S. and abroad with her sister as Ari & Mia, award-winning songwriters and highly acclaimed as New England’s Americana sister act, and has performed nationally and internationally with many other folk-based groups including Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, the Sail Away Ladies, Childsplay, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra offshoot ensemble, Classical Tangent. She is the founding cellist of Cardamom Quartet, a Boston-based ensemble engaged in reimagining the traditional canon by performing music exclusively by women. Most recently she is one of two 2018 recipients of New England Conservatory's Alumni Award.
An advocate of new music and a composer herself, Ariel performs with Boston Modern Orchestra Project and has written music for and collaborated with many ensembles and soloists. Recent highlights include two world premieres of Friedman’s work: "In Question" for 12-piece string orchestra, performed by Palaver Strings in March, 2017; and "Out of the Flowers" for string orchestra, performed by young artists of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in July, 2017. "All Is Well" for solo piano was recently performed by piano phenom Miki Sawada.
In demand as an educator, Ariel has been on faculty at Point Counterpoint, teaches at Brookline Music School throughout the school year, coaches chamber music for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, and has her own private studio. She has taught at music camps and workshops from New England to New Zealand.
Ariel received her Bachelors of Music from Northwestern University in 2008 and her Masters of Music from New England Conservatory in 2011. Her primary teachers have included Hans Jorgen Jensen, Hankus Netsky, Carla Kihlstedt, and Stratis Minakakis.