EUGENE FRIESEN/SOLO CELLO
SOUL OF THE CELLO
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.
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.
A love for children and music education led Eugene to create his
popular program for young audiences, CelloMan, and has fueled his
work teaching new cello techniques and improvisation in the United
States, Asia, Europe and South America.
Recording credits include five albums of original music: New Friend,
Arms Around You, The Song of Rivers, and two recent discs, In the
Shade of Angels and Sono Miho.
Eugene is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the
New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music
He lives in Vermont with his wife Wendy and four children.