Darryl Friesen

Darryl Friesen has given acclaimed performances as a soloist and collaborative artist across Canada, the United States, Europe, China, and Brazil. He has performed as soloist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and as a collaborator and recitalist with many distinguished artists, including Elliot Madore, Andrew Wan, Allen Harrington, Catherine Daniel, Millicent Scarlett, Valdine Anderson, the Adaskin String Trio, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Friesen’s debut album, CURLICUE: The Solo Piano Works of Karen Sunabacka, was released by Ravello Records in September 2022.

Friesen began his piano studies with Darrel Loewen at the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts. After further studies with renowned pedagogue, Lee Kum-Sing, at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Friesen went on to receive B.M. and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Manitoba as a student of well-known Canadian pianist, David Moroz, and subsequently completed his D.M.A. at the University of Illinois, studying under Fulbright scholar William Heiles and esteemed collaborative pianist and coach Dennis Helmrich. His doctoral studies were made possible through generous grants from the Canada Council of the Arts in 2005 and 2006, including the coveted Sylva Gelber Foundation Award, given annually to the most talented Canadian classical artist under the age of 30.

Friesen is in great demand as a soloist, collaborative artist, teacher, and clinician. He and his wife live with their four children in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he teaches full time at the University of Manitoba’s Desautels Faculty of Music.


Voyage Within

Release Date: December 1, 2023
Catalog Number: RR8098
21st Century
Korean-born Hee Yun Kim returns with a compelling selection of works that reflect her unwavering curiosity about social justice, Eastern philosophy, and transformative change at large on VOYAGE WITHIN. This Navona Records release is first and foremost a journey into the self, and only second a musical exploration. Kim adeptly weaves her insights into profound and harmonious compositions, capturing the essence of her experiences and contemplations. The resulting music is both introspective and reflective, with a foresight and precision that’s almost scientific in nature.


Release Date: September 23, 2022
Catalog Number: RR8074
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Wide skies, whistling winds, and a love for the great outdoors take center stage on Karen Sunabacka’s CURLICUE, a collection of eight works for solo piano performed by Darryl Friesen. Each piece tells a story of Sunabacka’s wilderness adventures, from the titular Curlicue’s explorations of the twists, turns, and curls of a river, to Falling in the Water’s conjuration of girls jumping into water and sheets of rain pummeling tents, to Lost’s encapsulation of the fear and dread of losing one’s way. Friesen’s crisp performance brings each piece to life, transporting listeners to the Canadian woodlands and prairies for an adventure all their own.