Eugene Friesen

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

Early life[edit]

Friesen was born in 1952 to Russian Mennonite parents.[1] He is a graduate of the Yale School of Music.[2]


Friesen has been a member of the Paul Winter Consort since 1978, and performs with Howard Levy and Glen Velez as Trio Globo.[3] He received a Grammy Award as a member of the Paul Winter Consort for the 1994 album Spanish Angel[4] 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 four Grammy Awards to date.

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

He teaches at the Berklee College of Music[2] 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]

  • New Friend with Paul Halley (Living Music, 1986)
  • Arms Around You (Living Music, 1989)
  • The Bremen Town Musicians (1993)
  • Sono Miho (2004)

As sideman[edit]

With Scott Cossu

  • Islands (Windham Hill, 1984)
  • Reunion (Windham Hill, 1986)
  • Switchback (Windham Hill, 1989)

With Aine Minogue

  • Celtic Meditation Music (Sounds True, 2004)
  • Celtic Lamentations (Sounds True, 2005)
  • Celtic Pilgrimage (Sounds True, 2007)
  • In the Name of Stillness (Little Miller 2017)

With Paul Winter

  • Callings (Living Music, 1980)
  • Missa GaiaEarth Mass (Living Music, 1982)
  • Canyon (Living Music, 1985)
  • Concert for the Earth (Living Music, 1985)
  • Wintersong (Living Music, 1986)
  • Whales Alive (Living Music, 1986)
  • Earthbeat (Living Music, 1987)
  • Wolf Eyes (Living Music, 1988)
  • Earth: Voices of a Planet (Living Music, 1990)
  • El Hombre Que Plantaba Arboles (Lyricon, 1993)
  • Solstice Live! (Living Music, 1993)
  • Spanish Angel (Living Music, 1993)
  • Prayer for the Wild Things (Living Music, 1994)
  • En Directo en Espana (Ediciones Resistencia 1996)
  • Journey with the Sun (Living Music, 2000)
  • Silver Solstice (Living Music, 2005)
  • Crestone (Living Music, 2007)
  • Miho: Journey to the Mountain (Living Music, 2010)

With others


  1. ^ "An Interview with Eugene Friesen". Natasha Jaffe. Retrieved September 3, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Faculty Biography: Eugene Friesen". Berklee. Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Web Page Under Construction". Archived from the original on 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2006-11-18.
  4. ^ "Spanish Angel: Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 January 2011.

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