William Fried is a Charlotte, NC-based pianist whose work focuses on music of various French Avant Garde traditions, the incorporation of technology, interdisciplinary work with theatre and dance, and the realization of unconventional notation.

Concert highlights include performances at the LA Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, Vancouver New Music Festival, Roerich Museum (NY), UC San Diego Wed@7 Series, La Giralda de l’Arboç, and New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice. Critics have described his playing as “poised and remarkably dexterous… hypnotic” (The Boston Globe), “in possession of an incredible technique” (Vancouver Classical Music), “subtly shaded and delicately phrased” (, and “awe inspiring” (Beacon Sound).

A specialist in new music, Fried has premiered numerous new works, and recorded for Mode, Carrier, and various independent releases. His writing has been published in Perspectives of New Music, Piano Magazine/Clavier Companion, and American Music Teacher, and his playing featured on Universal Music Publishers Classical online. In 2016 he was resident pianist with the Atlantic Music Festival’s new music ensemble.

Fried also remains active as an interpreter of traditional repertoire, in recent years appearing as soloist with the Palomar Symphony, UC San Diego (UCSD) Chamber Orchestra, the Jordan Winds, UCSD Wind Ensemble, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble, San Diego East County Youth Orchestra, and the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, in concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Fauré, Rachmaninoff, Falla, Gershwin, and Hanson.  His latest album, vues féeriques, featuring music by Bach, Fauré, and Messiaen, was released in 2022.

In addition to work as soloist, Fried is part of an electroacoustic duo with Indianapolis-based percussionist Scott Deal. In recent years they have performed at the Vancouver New Music Festival, Ball State New Music Festival, the Indiana Historical Society, and Boston’s SICPP festival, in addition to performances at Davidson in 2015 and 2019. Their playing has been featured on a WDAV program “Music Under the Influence of Computers,” and has been described as “truly engrossing” by I Care If You Listen.

Locally, Fried has appeared in several productions of Charlotte’s Sensoria Festival of the Arts, including accompanying the Paul Taylor Dance company during their 2017 visit, and has been a frequent guest at the Charlotte New Music Festival. He often serves as clinician and adjudicator throughout North Carolina.

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