Avi R. Friedlander
Avi Friedlander, Cello, is the founder and director of Suzuki Talent Education Program of Birmingham and currently teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s of Music performance degrees from The University of Michigan, and pursued his professional studies degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr. Friedlander is the former Assistant Principal cellist of the Atlanta Opera, former member of The New World Symphony and former Adjunct Professor of Cello at Emory University in Atlanta. He has been trained in Suzuki Methods with Dr. Tanya Carey, Pam Devenport, Rick Mooney and Gilda Barston. Mr. Friedlander has also been trained in Early Child Development for a Suzuki teacher with Ed Sprunger, music mind games with Elizabeth Cunha, cello pedagogy with Irene Sharp and teaching group classes with Carey Beth Hockett and Terry Durbin. His primary teachers have included Anthony Elliott, Stephen Geber, Tanya Carey and David Premo. He has also studied with Richard Aaron, Eric Kim, Yehuda Hanani and Hans Jensen. Mr. Friedlander has studied improvisation methods with Ellen Rowe at the University of Michigan and with Eugene Friesen from the Berkley College. Mr. Friedlander has performed and recorded music from classical to rock and currently performs with the String Theory Birmingham and Sunday Jazz Night and writes his own arrangments for solo cello of rock tunes from Jimi Hendrix to Pearl Jam.