Long Bio

Godwin Friesen grew up making music with his parents and all five of his siblings. He started formal piano studies around age seven, while he also sang and played other instruments in the family band, which toured Canada and recorded three albums.

In 2015, Godwin placed first in piano at the National Music Festival. He went on to win the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition in 2019. Last June he won second prize at the PianoArts North American Competition in Milwaukee having previously earned Best Performance of a Composition by Bach and  the Audience Communication Award. He also participated in the 2022 Dublin International Piano Competition, advancing as far as the quarterfinals.

Godwin has performed concertos with several orchestras including the Milwaukee, Regina, and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras. In one recital at The Glenn Gould School, Godwin performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 with an orchestra of twenty-two friends that he conducted from the piano, and also premiered his composition for piano quartet, The Skies Proclaim. In September Godwin participates in the Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy in Norway as a member of the Mykola Trio, with whom he won first prize at The Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition. 

Godwin’s compositions have been performed by a youth orchestra, a children’s choir and other small ensembles. His newest composition project is a prelude and fugue for piano solo. 

Godwin received both a bachelor’s degree and an Artist Diploma from The Glenn Gould School, where he studied with John O’Conor from 2016 to 2022. Godwin continues to perform in a range of styles with his family members, most of whom are also serious musicians. He begins a master’s degree at the Université de Montréal in fall 2022 as a student of Henry Kramer.

(July 2022)

 

Short Bio

Godwin Friesen grew up making music with his eight-person family, touring Canada and recording three albums. In 2015 he placed first in piano at the National Music Festival and in 2019 he won The Glenn Gould School (GGS) Concerto Competition. Last June, he won second prize at the PianoArts North American Competition in Milwaukee having also earned Best Performance of a Composition by Bach. He also participated in the 2022 Dublin International Piano Competition, advancing as far as the quarterfinals. Godwin has performed concertos with several orchestras including the Milwaukee, Regina, and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras, as well as an orchestra of his fellow students whom he directed from the piano. This fall his piano trio, which recently won the GGS Chamber Competition, participates in the Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy in Norway. Godwin’s compositions have been performed by a youth orchestra, a children’s choir and other small ensembles. Godwin completed a bachelor’s degree and an Artist Diploma at the GGS with John O’Conor, and is now pursuing a master’s degree at the Université de Montréal with Henry Kramer.

(July 2022)

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