William Fried is a pianist based in Charlotte, NC.  His interests include new music (particularly spectral-influenced works), French music, the incorporation of technology (both fixed and interactive media), interdisciplinary work with dance and theatre, and the realization of unconventional notation.

Fried has received critical acclaim internationally, particularly for interpretations of contemporary French music. “Poised and remarkably dexterous” (The Boston Globe) “in possession of an incredible technique” (Vancouver Classical Music), his playing is “hypnotic” (The Boston Globe), “subtly shaded” (, and “truly engrossing” (I Care If You Listen). His performance of Tristan Murail’s Territoires de l’oubli at the 2014 Vancouver New Music Festival was described as “awe inspiring” by Portland’s Beacon Sound, and listed in their 2014 “Top Ten” for live performances in the Pacific Northwest.

Fried has performed on the LA Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Series, at the Vancouver New Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Charlotte New Music Festival, CPCC Sensoria Festival of the Arts (accompanying the Paul Taylor Dance Company), Ball State New Music Festival, and NEC’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. He has performed with SONOR, red fish blue fish, Palimpsest, the La Jolla Symphony, and the Callithumpian Consort.

An exponent of new music, Fried has premiered numerous works by living composers both established and emerging. He has recorded for Mode, Carrier, and various independent releases, and his playing featured by Universal Music Publishers Classical online. In 2009 his playing was featured in This Week @ UCSD as part of an expose on UC San Diego’s new concert hall. His writing has been published in Perspectives of New Music and his creative work supported by grants by the North Carolina Art & Science Council and the University of California.

Fried has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from Brown University and graduate degrees in music from the New England Conservatory (MM) and University of California, San Diego (DMA), where he studied piano, respectively, with Stephen Drury and Aleck Karis. He is Artist Associate in Piano at Davidson College.