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.
She is the founding cellist of Cardamom Quartet, a Boston-based ensemble engaged in reimagining the traditional canon by performing music exclusively by women and, most recently she is a 2018 recipient 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 including Palaver Strings, Box Not Found, and the young artists of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
In demand as an educator, Ariel teaches at Brookline Music School, coaches chamber music for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, and has taught at camps and workshops from New England to New Zealand.