Eugene Friesen, cellist and composer, is 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 as a member of the Paul Winter Consort for two 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.
His credits as a composer include numerous scores for documentary films and three television scores aired on PBS and as a collaborator with Richard Peaslee for the Obie award-winning score for The Garden of Earthly Delights. His Earth Requiem: Stories of Hope had its 1991 premiere at Southern Connecticut State University, and Grasslands, a major piece for the Paul Winter Consort, orchestra and choir, was performed by the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus in 2006.
In 2000 Eugene received a grant from the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund and Continental Harmony to compose a symphonic setting of Carl Sandburg's PRAIRIE which was premiered at PrairieFest in southern Kansas in 2001.
He collaborated on The Brementown Musicians with Bob Hoskins for Rabbit Ears Productions in 1992.
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 Divine in New York City,and is on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Vermont with his wife Wendy and four children. Read more on Eugene Friesen's web site: http://www.eugenefriesenmusic.com