About

Doctorate of Musical Arts: University of Southern California
Master of Music: The Julliard School
Bachelor of Music: University of British Columbia

Dr. John Friesen has performed solo and chamber music in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United Sates and his solo recordings have received critical acclaim for their beauty of tone and depth of expression.  The Seattle Times wrote, “Friesen has the technique to negotiate Bach’s demands with relative ease, he plays with obvious enjoyment and commitment, letting Bach speak through his strings.”

Dr. Friesen has won prizes at the Montreal Symphony Competition and the Eckhardt-Grammatte National Music Competition. He is a recipient of Canada Council Awards and the Lincoln Center Fund Awards and has been heard on CBC national radio and television, CTV national television, WNYC Radio (New York) and BBC Radio (UK).

As a clinician and adjudicator he has participated at such competitions and events as the Canada Council Music Competition, the Seattle Young Artists Competition and numerous State Solo and Ensemble Competitions.

Aside from the world of classical music, Dr. Friesen has collaborated with musicians in the fields of popular music; performing solo cello on kd lang’s, Grammy award-winning album, “Ingenue,” Geddy Lee’s (Rush) Solo Album entitled, “My Favorite Headache,” as well as performing solo music for movies such as Ben Kingsley’s, “Fifty Dead Men Walking,” and Amy Grant’s, “A Song from the Heart.”

Dr. Friesen has performance degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, the University of British Columbia and the University of Southern California .   He is a Professor of Cello at Western Washington University and has previously taught as “Visiting Associate Professor of Music” at the University of British Columbia.   He plays on a cello made in 2000 by Mario Mirralles.