clarinet performer and teacher

Clarinetist Daniel Friberg has performed across the United States and 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, and New World Symphony, 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 Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Kenwood Symphony, Minnetonka Symphony, Minnetonka Civic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Ghent Conservatory of Music, and Century College Chamber Orchestra. He was featured on the JOYA! chamber music series, the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, and with the Hill House Chamber Players. As a member of the East Coast Woodwind Quintet, he toured the United States and Russia, and was a finalist at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. He participated in the Hot Springs Music Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Madeline Island Music Camp, American-Russian Young Artists Orchestra, 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. He taught at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse during the 2018-2019 school year.

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 served as Second and E-flat Clarinet of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony from 2011-2018. He 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 Instruments

Over the last few years I have developed an interest early clarinets and chalumeaux. 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, and own two soprano chalumeaux - one made by Grzegorz Tomaszewicz and one by Thomas Carroll. In 2017 I had the incredible opportunity to perform the Concerto for soprano chalumeau by Johann Friedrich Fasch with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. Besides playing these instruments 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.