Ari Freed

Ari Freed, cello (New York City, NY), is a rising senior at Hunter College High School in Manhattan. He studies cello with Natasha Brofsky at the Juilliard School Preparatory Division. Ari began playing cello at the age of five. He has won prizes in competitions such as the New York Music Competition for Young Artists the Vivo International Music Competition. He has been selected to perform at Merkin Concert Hall numerous times, and he has performed at Weill Recital Hall. In November 2018, he was featured alongside the Brentano Quartet to perform at the Lyra 10th Anniversary Benefit Concert. He has played in masterclasses with Fred Sherry, Jeffery Solow, Orli Shaham, Roger Tapping, Ani Kavafian, Hannah Roberts, Astrid Schween, Rosemary Elliot, Julia Lichten, and others. Ari has been a member of the New York Youth Symphony chamber music program and orchestra, and he toured with them in Spain in the summer of 2019. His chamber groups have also been featured at performances at the National Arts Club and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ari has attended the Lyra Music Festival and Workshop, Greenwood Music Camp, and the Vivace Virtual Cello Festival over past summer. Past Young Artists Program musician (2021)