[ Musicology and Theory ]
Michael Friedmann’s career has encompassed activities as a theorist, pianist, pedagogue and composer. His specialties involve analytical articles about the music of Schoenberg and performances of that composer’s complete piano music. He has evolved a method in teaching ear training especially focused on 20th-century music, and wrote a book (Ear Training for 20th-century Music, published by Yale University Press) which received special recognition from the Society of Music Theory.
In addition to Schoenberg, his piano performances have focused on late Beethoven and Schubert. His teaching specialties have included classes relating the analysis of Brahms’ and Schumann’s chamber music to their performance. In addition to his teaching at Yale, Friedmann has recently taught at Beijing University and at that city’s Central Conservatory of Music, and has lectured and performed at the Beijing Modern Music Festival.