Mia Friedman is a fiddler, singer and banjo player. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary music in her compositions. Her song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and she was the 2006 New Hampshire Highland Games Scottish Fiddle Champion. Mia performs in Ari & Mia, a duo she has with her sister, Ariel Friedman. They have toured all over the United States, and have four CDs, two of which were ranked high on National folk radio charts. Mia also plays with Hollow Deck – a duo of tape collage, vocals, and woodwinds – and avant-garde rock band, Creative Healing. Mia graduated from New England Conservatory in 2012 where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky. Locally she spent several years teaching strings at the Community Music School of Springfield and the Hartsbrook School. She has been co-directing the Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts since 2021.