Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, conductor, and teacher. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he has been featured on recordings and in concerts all over the world with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), in duo with pianist Tim Ray, and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families.
A specialist in teaching improvisation to classically trained musicians, Eugene has led workshops throughout North America, Brazil and Europe. His book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians (Berklee Press/Hal Leonard) was released in June of 2012.
Recent compositions include Glory, for choir, soloists and orchestra premiered at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in June of ’12, Low 5’s premiered by the Rembrandt Chamber Players of Chicago, and Soul of the White Ant premiered by the Pacific Serenades Cello Quartet of Los Angeles.
He is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and Professor of Music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. More information on Eugene can be found online at: www.eugenefriesenmusic.com