Dan Friberg


Clarinetist Daniel Friberg has performed across the United States and in South Korea, Russia, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Austria, Italy and France. He has performed with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony, Dubuque Symphony and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, including performances under conductors Michael Tilson-Thomas, James Conlon, Leon Botstein, Valery Gergiev, Bramwell Tovey, Bobby McFerrin, Andrew Litton, Gunther Schuller and Peter Oundjian. He was acting principal clarinet of the Dubuque Symphony for the 2020-21 season.

Dr. Friberg has been a soloist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Kenwood Symphony, Minnetonka Symphony, Minnetonka Civic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Ghent Conservatory of Music, Century College Chamber Orchestra and The Singers MCA. 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. (see 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. During the 2020-21 season he was acting principal clarinet of the Dubuque Symphony.