Friedman, Erick [Eric]
- Allan B. Ho
(b Newark, NJ, Aug 16, 1939; d New Haven, CT, March 30, 2004).
American violinist. Following four years of study with Samuel Applebaum, he became at age ten a pupil of Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School and during his mid-teens also studied with nathan Milstein. He made his professional debut with the Little Orchestra Society of New York (31 January 1954) as a result of winning the Music Education League Competition in 1953, and on 2 November 1956 he gave his first Carnegie Hall recital. Against the advice of his manager, Arthur Judson, he interrupted his concertizing to study with Jascha Heifetz, who in 1958 accepted him as his first pupil. It was Heifetz who added the “k” to Friedman’s name so that it would total thirteen letters, like that of other great violinists: “Jascha Heifetz” and “Fritz Kreisler”. Friedman remained with Heifetz for nearly three years and then resumed giving concerts. In ...