Born on July 12th 1995 in Berne, David Friedli was raised in the countryside near the beautiful city Thun surrounded by the mountains of the Bernese Oberland. He already found his passion for music as a toddler. After a few tries with other instruments, he fell in love with the guitar at the age of 12.

After his grammar school diploma and one year of musical preparation at the Swiss Jazz School (that he won a scholarship prize for at the Langnau Jazz Nights Festival in 2012), he graduated 2017 from his Bachelor and 2019 from his Master in "Composition & Theory" studies at the Bern University Of Arts Of Jazz & Contemporary Music, having had lessons with Frank Sikora, Django Bates, Peter Thomas Gromer, Klaus Wagenleiter, Efrat Alony, Matthieu MichelAndreas Schaerer, Colin Vallon, Patrice Moret, Dejan Terzic, Immanuel BrockhausKlaus KönigTomas Sauter, Stefan Rademacher, Christoph Baumann, Dieter Ammann.

Furthermore David has had masterclasses, workshops and lessons with: John Scofield, Gilad Hekselman, Lage Lund, Julian Lage, Robert Glasper, Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Gergo Borlai, Seamus Blake, Peter Bernstein, Becca Stevens, Dave Kikoski, Ari Hoenig, Kenny Werner, Donny McCaslin, Ambrose Akinmusire, Sidsel Endresen, Billy Hart, David Gilmore, Vic Juris, Rudy Royston, Tim Hagans, Nate Smith, Kevin Hays, Thana Alexa, Alex Sipiagin, etc.


He plays in different bands of various musical genres and as a bandleader and composer of Modern Jazzrock Trio Forlorn Elm, he released his first album Dreaming Awake on Vinyl LP and digital download in 2016. The second album Milya by Forlorn Elm has been released in 2018 on Berlin Jazz Label QFTF.

In 2020 his first book Giugiu & Roro  was published alongside with a children's songbook of his musical suite "DUS - Giugiu & Roro". 

He works as a session musician, arranger, composer, songwriter in diverse musical genres and teaches guitar, theory, composition and arrangement.



Doing studio and live sessions with different artists has become one of my main activities as a musician. I can be heard playing guitar, bass, keyboards, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, lap steel, drums, percussion and singing on studio recordings as well as on live performances.

I was honored to work for/with artists such as:

Dave Ellefson (Megadeth), Reto Burrell, Sirens Of Lesbos, The Lugubrious, Tanya BaranyCarpet Town, Coco Kill, TUWAN, The Two Romans, INDIVIDUAL, Akina McKenzie, Immanuel Brockhaus, Reel Beetz, Monumental Men, Jay Jules, Coco Elane, Mantra, Frost & Fog, Another Me, Jessanna, etc.



I had the pleasure to write for and work with different artists and musical ensembles:

Allen Hinds, Gus MacGregor, Tanya Barany, Sirens Of LesbosSüdwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Klaus Wagenleiter, Götz Alsmann, SWR Big Band, Big Band Connection, LE Big Band, Pop-Chor Konstanz, Musique des Jeunes de Bienne, Monumental Men, Frost & Fog, Another Me, Jessanna, etc. 

Furthermore I had the honor to write scores for the films and series: 

"Du Bist Raus" (2014) by David Oesch

"LIMBO" (2017) by Giorgi Sakhelashvili

"A Guide To The Apocalypse" (2018) by Adrian Graf

"Third Space" (2019) by Jil Antener 

"FOMO" (2019) by Noah Van Dok


Feel free to get in touch, if you need an arrangement  for a piece of music or if you'd like a composition specifically written for your purposes. No matter what musical genre or instrumentation.




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My first book "Giugiu & Roro"  was released on October 24th 2020.

"Giugiu & Roro" is a story about tolerance and friendship. The book was written in German and has been translated to Romansh.

For readers of every age.

(Includes a download link for a collection of children's songs that tell the story musically.)




23.6.2021 | DUS | Kantonsbibliothek Graubünden Chur GR

25.6.2021 | Polly Wants A Party | Hard Rock Hotel Davos GR

2.7.2021 | Polly Wants A Party | Bodmer Openair Visperterminen VS

4.9.2021 | Polly Wants A Party | Wii Grill Visperterminen VS

11.9.2021 | Polly Wants A Party | Kulturzentrum Unterems VS

12.9.2021 | DUS | Kino Visp VS

17.9.2021 | Reto Burrell | Kater ZH

25.9.2021 | DUS | Herrenviertel Visperterminen VS

9.10.2021 | DUS | House Of Switzerland Stuttgart DE







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