About Sherman Friedland

Sherman Friedland

Sherman Friedland

Welcome to Sherman Friedland’s Clarinet Corner!

Sherman Friedland studied with Rosario Mazzeo, Fernand Gillet, Gino Cioffi, Leland Munger, Norman Carrel, and Marcel Jean. In addition, he studied the entire standard repertoire with Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger.

Winner of the National Competition for Wind Instruments sponsored by the Musicians Club of New York, Friedland was also principal clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a Fromm Fellow at Tanglewood (performing the Easley Blackwood Clarinet Concerto with Gunther Schulller conducting), and a featured soloist on CBS Television’s Camera Three.

Friedland was a Creative Associate at the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo, by virtue of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation for new music. He has also appeared at the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain.

Mr Friedland has been Chair of the Music Department of Concordia University, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Conductor of the Concordia Symphony Orchestra, and also a professor of music history, music theory, and chamber music performance.

In addition to the above Professor Friedland also recorded over 85 broadcasts with the CBC and perfomed for the Arts National broadcast on several occasions, also appearing frequently in many of the various chamber music series in Canada and the U.S. He has performed in virtually every possible venue for the clarinetist as chamber player, and soloist with symphony orchestras.

He has recorded 4 CDs of contemporary works, mostly written for or dedicated to him, and also several additional CDs by Montreal and US Composers.

You can contact Mr. Friedland at sfriedland@cogeco.ca Questions from visitors with considered responses will be posted here as time permits.


11 Responses to About Sherman Friedland

  1. rmuraida says:

    Mr. Friedland

    I have a recording (Urania label A-7139, 1954) of Sergei Prokofiev’s Prodigal Son performed by the Orchestre des Concerts Colonne conducted by George Sebastian. Do you know who the clarinet players are on this recording? The Presto movement has some of the most impressive playing by any section anywhere, anytime. I have heard that possibly Louis Cahuzac was on this recording but can’t get confirmation.

    Thanks for any insight.

    Rick Muraida

  2. mkrystall says:

    Wow, you studied with Gillet! So did my oboe teacher Allan Vogel. After studying for 3 years with Gillet playing exclusively Gillet’s exercises from his book, Allan asked him: “Monsieur Gillet, when can I start studying repertoire?” Gillet replied: “Never!” in his thick accent.

  3. mkrystall says:

    Sherman, send me your mailing address for some CDs I’d like to send you.



  4. Hi I have a silver clarinet and the bell is stamped D Noblet Paris inside a dotted circle and the DN intertwined underneath. I need to know about getting an honest and trustworthy appraisal so that I can look at donating the instrument to somewhere. Pleas advise.

  5. Jeff Free says:

    Good to find your page! wish I had when working in Boston. Just wanted to say hello. I found your page doing research before I start a Bettoney Metal Bass Clarinet restoration. So far it has been a very fun instrument.

  6. Dirk Ernsten says:

    Hello mr Friedland. Can you help me? I am looking for an selmer prologue 2 A clarinet. Thank you, Dirk Ernsten, Holland

  7. Henry Foster says:

    I really appreciate you sage advice and comments that I have received in the past. Thank you so much. I’m in the market for a c clarinet but can not afford the Ridenour and wondering if you have had any experience with the Berkely C Clarinet? It reminds me of the Ridenour horn in appearance.

  8. Bill Owens says:

    My wife asked me to sell her LeBlanc Bd clarinet. I am not asking for a value. I simply need help in determining the model.
    Her parents bought it new in 1978 and it was considered to be a high end instrument at the time. The “G” is settled into the top of the device with “LEBLANC” below that and “PARIS” at the bottom. The serial number is 48309 and matches what I have determined to be the date of manufacture.
    Our local music shop can not tell me anything other than it is very well made and in excellent condition. I want to be honest in what I am selling and I don’t feel I can do that without the model number.
    Thank you for your time.


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