Peter Friesen, piano
Peter Friesen is an active performer, collaborative pianist, and teacher near Denver, Colorado. He has been an affiliate member of the piano faculty at the Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2007. An advocate of new music, he has given recitals and master classes across the United States, and has collaborated with soloists from such ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In recent years, he has appeared on programs at the Great Plains New Music Festival at the University of South Dakota, the Pendulum New Music Concert Series at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the Denver Eclectic Concerts Series. Mr. Friesen’s passion in his recent solo recitals has been highlighting the music of immigrant composers such as Tan Dun, Dia Succari, and Luis Jorge Gonzalez.
As a teacher, Mr. Friesen’s holistic pedagogical approach aims to provide each student with the tools of healthy playing and musical creativity, from traditional Western music and notation to blues, improv, composition, and rock/pop learned by ear. Mr. Friesen is heavily involved in the local community of music teachers as an executive board member for the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. He regularly presents for student groups and teachers’ associations around the state on topics such as extended piano techniques and incorporating technology into teaching.
Mr. Friesen completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied with distinguished professor David Korevaar. A native of southern California, he completed his undergraduate study at Point Loma Nazarene University, and studied with the pedagogue and composer Victor Labenske.