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Friesen is a graduate of the Yale School of Music. He has been a member of the Paul Winter Consort since 1978, and performs with Howard Levy and Glen Velez as Trio Globo. He received a Grammy Award as a member of the Paul Winter Consort for the 1994 album Spanish Angel 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 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.
- 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
- 1986 Reunion (Windham Hill)
With Paul Halley
- 1986 New Friend (Living Music)
With Dream Theater
- 2003 Vacant (Dream Theater's Train of Thought)
- Eugene Friesen recordings
- Eugene Friesen biography
- Eugene Friesen's official site
- The Official Website of Mads Tolling
- Sonoterra Productions
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