Hello and welcome to the official Don Freund website. As a composer Don Freund is internationally recognized for his works ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral music to pieces involving live performances with electronic instruments, music for dance, as well as large theater works. He is also active as a pianist, conductor, and lecturer. And as a festival coordinator, he has programmed over 1,000 new American works. Along with his various artistic activities, Don Freund has taught composition for over 40 years and is currently a professor of composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
New CD release: “No Pressure to be a Giraffe” will be included on a CD that’s coming out from the GILLESPIE QUARTET in Chicago. Click here for more info >
“Giraffe Study”, Payton McDonald, marimba
William Paterson Mallet Percussion Festival, WPU, Wayne, NJ
New Music Series: American Voices
Mixed Blood, Crunch Time and Hard Cells performed by the CIM New Music Ensemble, Keith Fitch, director, Cleveland Cleveland Institute of Music, Mixon Hall
Don Freund’s Prelude 2014, dirty white-bread,” is about a tidy little C-major riff that can’t reach its obsessive destiny without getting its hands dirty. Freund’s Piano Preludes are an ongoing series of annual short piano pieces begun in 1990; counting last year’s Piano Prelude 2014, there are now 25 of them. CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL >
Premiere, the composer as pianist, Auer Hall, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, February 21, 2015.