EUGENE FRIESEN BIO
A graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Brazilian
cellist Aldo Parisot, Eugene Friesen is active internationally as
a concert artist, composer, conductor and teacher. In 1995 and in
2006 Eugene won a Grammy Award for musical contributions to two
Paul Winter Consort albums, “Spanish Angel” and “Silver
Solstice.” He has worked and recorded with such diverse artists
as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman,
Joe Lovano and Dream Theater.
As conductor of the Berklee College of Music String Orchestra in
Boston, Eugene has composed and arranged a diverse repertoire of
work for strings utilizing his love for improvisation and rhythm
in contemporary, jazz and world fiddle styles.
Eugene was the 1999 recipient of grants from the Lila Wallace/Reader’s
Digest Fund and Continental Harmony to compose a symphonic setting
of Carl Sandburg's PRAIRIE, which was premiered in June of 2001
Eugene's passion for the responsive flow of improvisatory music
has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter
Consort and with Trio Globo (Friesen,Howard Levy and Glen Velez).
He has performed as a soloist at the International Cello Festival
in Manchester, England; Rencontres d'Ensembles de Violoncelles in
Beauvais,France; the World Cello Congress in Baltimore, Maryland;
and the Rio International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro.
Recording credits include five albums of original music: New Friend,
Arms Around You, The Song of Rivers, In the Shade of Angels and
Eugene is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in
New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He lives in Vermont with his wife Wendy and four children.