Eugene Friesen

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Eugene Friesen (born 1952) is an American cellist and composer.

Friesen is a graduate of the Yale School of Music.[1] He has been a member of the Paul Winter Consort since 1978, and performs with Howard Levy and Glen Velez as Trio Globo.[2] He received a Grammy Award as a member of the Paul Winter Consort for the 1994 album Spanish Angel[3] and again in 2006 for the Consort's Silver Solstice in 2007 for "Crestone," and in 2011 for "Miho: Journey to the Mountain." Friesen has won 4 Grammy Awards to date.

Friesen has broken new ground for the cello, using it in a wide variety of non-classical settings and creating new techniques to expand its role as a solo and accompanying instrument–although he cannot improvise melodically through chord progressions. He has also performed thousands of concerts for young audiences on cello and electric cello as "Celloman."[4]

In 2012, Friesen's book, "Improvisation for Classical Musicians" was published by Berklee Press/Hal Leonard.

He is a Professor at the Berklee College of Music[1] in Boston, Massachusetts and lives in Vermont. Among his prominent students are Rushad Eggleston, Mads Tolling, Lindsay Mac, and Nathan Leath. Friesen also runs a nonprofit production company, Sonoterra Productions, producing concerts, recordings and workshops.


As leader[edit]

  • 1989 - Arms Around You (Living Music)
  • 1998 - The Song of Rivers (FiddleTalk Music)
  • 2003 - In the Shade of Angels (FiddleTalk Music)
  • 2005 - Sono Miho (FiddleTalk Music)
  • 2008 - Pure Water, Poetry of Rumi with Coleman Barks (FiddleTalk Music/Maypop Books)
  • 2009 - Colorful Transitions

With Scott Cossu[edit]

  • 1986 - "Reunion" (Windham Hill Records)

With Paul Halley[edit]

  • 1986 - New Friend (Living Music)

With Dream Theater[edit]

  • 2003 - Vacant (Dream Theater's Train of Thought)


  1. ^ a b "Faculty Biography: Eugene Friesen". Berklee. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Web Page Under Construction
  3. ^ "Spanish Angel: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Eugene Friesen Music

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