Avi Friedlander

Director of the Barston Suzuki Center; Cello (Suzuki) and Chamber Music Faculty
Academy Cello
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Suzuki Education
Group Lessons
Chamber Music
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Bachelor’s in Music Performance - The University of Michigan

Master’s in Music Performance - The University of Michigan

Professional Studies - The Cleveland Institute of Music

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Mr. Friedlander has been trained in the Suzuki methods with Dr. Tanya Carey, Pam Devenport, Rick Mooney and Gilda Barston. He has also participated in enrichment classes in “Early Child Development” with Ed Sprunger, “Teaching Group Classes” with Carey Beth Hockett, Ed Sprunger and Terry Durbin, “Music Mind Games” with Elizabeth Cunha and cello pedagogy with Irene Sharp. Mr. Friedlander has studied improvisation Eugene Friesen from the Berkely College of Music in Boston and Stephan Braun from Berlin. His primary teachers have included Anthony Elliott, Stephen Geber, Tanya Carey and David Premo. He has also studied with Richard Aaron and Hans Jensen and performed in masterclasses for Janos Starker and Bernard Greenhouse.

Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise: 

Helping people learn through a positive environment.

Expertise in classical, jazz, rock and alternative styles.

Awards and achievements: 

Suzuki Teacher Trainer, Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)

Faculty - Suzuki Pedagogy at Roosevelt University and the Music Institute of Chicago

Suzuki Certificate of Achievement, Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Mr. Friedlander has taught at workshops and festivals throughout the country and has performed throughout the United States, Japan and Italy.

Interests outside of music: 

Active ice hockey player

Favorite quote: 

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times - Bruce Lee

Favorite practice tip: 

If you can hear it in your head, you can play it.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

J.S.Bach or any of a number of pieces I am currently playing

Favorite musical moment: 

Performing at Carnegie Hall

Work experience: 

Mr. Friedlander was a former member of The New World Symphony and served as the Assistant Principal cellist of the Atlanta Opera. He also served as an adjunct professor at Emory University and is the founder and former director of the Suzuki Talent Education Program of Birmingham.