Eugene Friesen

Grammy Award-winning Cellist & Kansas native


Four-time Grammy winner Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer and teacher. He has been featured in concerts all over the world with the Paul Winter Consort, and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families. Friesen’s composition for Consort, choir, orchestra and narrators, “Grasslands” was performed at Symphony in the Flint Hills in 2006. A pioneer in the teaching of improvisation to classically trained musicians, Eugene has led workshops throughout North America and around the world. His book, Improvisation for Classically Trained Musicians (Berklee Press) was published in June 2012. He is an artist-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and on the faculty of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. More information on Eugene can be found online at:

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