Born in Jacksonville Florida, Amanda Friedman is an up and coming horn player who
has collaborated with notable professionals as a member of the Eastman Faculty Octet such as
Peter Kurau, James Thompson, and Herb Smith. Amanda began her musical studies at age nine
playing french horn and quickly discovered a passion for performance with the Jacksonville
Symphony Youth Orchestra only 3 years after beginning to play horn. She eventually attended
and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. Amanda just recently graduated with a
Bachelors of Music in Horn Performance from Eastman School of Music and will be continuing
her studies as a graduate student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
During her studies at Eastman School of Music, Amanda performed with the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra as a part of a premier of a piece composed by Jeff Beal. In Winston-Salem, Amanda is
performing as a substitute with multiple orchestras in the area including the Chamber Orchestra
of the Triangle and the Salisbury Symphony. She also performs as a fellow with the Piedmont
Most importantly, Amanda is passionate about sharing her love for beautiful horn playing and introducing people to the wonder and inspiring nature of music. In teaching, Amanda believes that the key to success is finding the way that best helps each student to improve, as no two horn players are quite the same when it comes to learning! Further, a mix of work on technique and music combined with having fun and enjoying playing horn is a key to success as any musician.