As a musician, Vladimir Fridman is able to move flawlessly through classical, jazz and the traditional music styling of different countries with improvisational spirit, soul and true virtuosity. Vladimir began his versatile and prolific musical career as a guitarist, singer and music teacher in Russia. He performed solo and in ensembles in the leading Moscow theaters, at the Philharmonic and appeared on Russian TV. As an active member of the eccentric show group Jazz Balalaika he toured Europe, the Middle East and Japan and recorded several albums. Audiences around the world enjoyed his scintillating concert performances.
After his arrival to the United States in 1998, Vladimir became widely known in the musical community of the Greater Washington/Baltimore areas. He showcases his expressive style of guitar playing as well as his rich vocal range to perform solo and together with leading musicians and bands in the area and around the world. With Gypsy Strings band he won the Washington Area Music Award (Wammies) for Best World Music Recording. Currently, Vladimir is an active member of the Music Pilgrim Trio and the Transatlantic Duo.
In addition to his performing activities, Vladimir composes and arranges music for the guitar. Vladimir has released several albums, infused with different musical genres and his own compositions: TransAtlantic Dreams with Transatlantic Duo; Spanning The Globe and Savor The Journey with Music Pilgrim Trio; and several solo albums including Let’s Go Classic, Klezmer Reflections and Russian Reflections. In collaboration with Miriam Isaacs, an accomplished researcher and educator of Yiddish Language and culture, Vladimir launched the “Yiddish Song History Project” to explore and preserve the richness of Jewish cultural heritage.
For more than twenty-five years, Vladimir has been teaching guitar and music theory for students of all ages and experience levels. His students regularly win awards at the Maryland State Guitar Competition and at the Montgomery County Music Teachers Associations (MCMTA) Judged Recitals. His students, under his tutelage, have gone on to pursue various musical projects, such as composing songs and instrumental music, recording CDs and performing in school concerts and other community events. After studying with Vladimir for several years, some of his students chose to study music as a major or minor in college.
Vladimir is also a highly experienced event performer; he will help you to create the best wedding, anniversary or holiday party, Bar and Bat Mitzvah or any other special event, and will work with you to make your event exceptional. Performing by himself or with a band, Vladimir will provide you with the personal attention necessary to make your celebration truly spectacular!
A documentary about Vladimir Fridman