clarinet performer and teacher

Clarinetist Daniel Friberg has performed in concert halls across the United States, as well as in South Korea, Russia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Italy and France. Past orchestral engagements include the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony and American-Russian Young Artists Orchestra, including performances under conductors Michael Tilson-Thomas, James Conlon, Leon Botstein, Valery Gergiev, Bramwell Tovey, Bobby McFerrin and Peter Oundjian.

Dr. Friberg has been a concerto soloist with the Kenwood Symphony, Minnetonka Symphony, Minnetonka Civic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Ghent Conservatory of Music, and Century College Chamber Orchestra.  During his high school years he won first prize in the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, and WAMMA competitions in Minnesota. As a member of the East Coast Woodwind Quintet, he toured the United States and Russia extensively, and was a finalist at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. He has participated in the Hot Springs Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Madeline Island Music Camp and Attergau International Orchestral Institute (Austria). From 2009 to 2010 he was a fellow of the Belgian American Education Foundation (B.A.E.F.), studying with Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Frank Coryn, and Vincenzo Casale at the Royal Ghent Conservatory of Music in Belgium. (Click HERE for Dan's blog documenting the family's year in Ghent.) During his time in Belgium, Dr. Friberg became interested in early clarinets (see below), an expertise he continues to develop. In 2014 he was the featured clarinet guest artist at the Simpson College Single Reed Symposium, and in the spring of 2015 was visiting instructor of clarinet at Winona State University.

A Minneapolis native, Daniel Friberg earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees at Yale University, studying with clarinet soloist David Shifrin, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota, studying with Burt Hara of the Minnesota Orchestra. He currently serves as Second and E-flat Clarinet in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, teaches privately in the Twin Cities, and is co-manager of the combined printed music departments of Groth Music Co. and Eble Music Co. in Bloomington, MN.

Gallery of Dan's Collection
Early Clarinets

Over the last few years I have developed an interest early clarinets. Following the completion of my DMA in 2009, I lived for ten months in Ghent, Belgium, studying at the conservatory there on a fellowship from the Belgian American Education Foundation. Among other things, I had regular lessons with early clarinet specialist Vincenzo Casale on a 10-key French clarinet. Since that time, I have acquired a collection of more than 20 antique clarinets of varying makes and keys, some of which are more than 200 years old. I also play a 10-key clarinet in B-flat made by Peter van der Poel, based on instruments of Lotz. Besides playing these clarinets myself, I enjoy sharing them with students in lessons. Handling and playing such old instruments deepens a student’s understanding of our craft and positively informs their approach to the clarinet.
Early Clarinet Resources


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Recommended Reading

The Clarinet - Hoeprich (Yale University Press)
Cambridge Guide to the Clarinet - Edited by Colin Lawson (Cambridge Universtiy Press)
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto - Colin Lawson (Cambridge University Press)
Clarinet Virtuosi of the Past - Pamela Weston (Emerson Edition)
The Clarinet in the Classical Period - Albert R. Rice (Oxford University Press)
On Playing the Flute - Johann Quantz, translated by Edward R. Reilly (Northeastern Univiversity Press)