As one of the six finalists chosen for the American Jazz Pianist finals in Indianapolis, Brian was then a 21-year old pianist living in Los Angeles. Since that time, Brian has gone on to perform in many outstanding jazz ensembles in the Southern California area.
Brian is currently studying jazz at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. In the summer of 2000, he toured with the Downbeat award-winning New Trier Jazz Ensemble. Friedland has performed at numerous other venues.