Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) presents

Pianist Godwin Friesen in recital

A part of La Virée classique 2023

If you didn’t get to attend the final round of the 2023 OSM Competition, you still have the opportunity to hear First Prize winner Godwin Friesen in recital. Not only will you appreciate his gifts qualities as a performer – notably in Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6, a true display of sonic fireworks – but you will also discover his gift as a composer in his Prelude and Fugue in A major.

Godwin Friesen, piano

Godwin Friesen grew up making music with his eight-person family, touring Canada and recording three albums. In 2022, he won the OSM Competition, performing a concerto with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In 2015 he placed first in piano at the National Music Festival and in 2019, he won The Glenn Gould School (GGS) Concerto Competition. In June 2021, he won second prize at the Piano Arts North American Competition in Milwaukee having also earned the prize for Best Performance of a Composition by Bach. Godwin has performed with several other orchestras including the Milwaukee, Regina, and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras. His piano trio, which recently won the GGS Chamber Competition, participated 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 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.

Haydn, Piano Sonata in A-flat major, Hob. XVI:46 (15 min)
Godwin Friesen, Prelude and Fugue in A major (7 min)
Jean Coulthard, Sonata (16 min)
Liszt, Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6 (7 min)

Théâtre Maisonneuve
Saturday, August 19, 2023 at 7:30pm

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August 16th to 20th

La Virée classique 2023 celebrates its 10th anniversary. Since its creation, the Virée has become an unmissable summer event. The mission of the Virée classique is to promote the discovery of music in all its forms, to strengthen social ties in the community, to contribute to the development of the sensitivity and curiosity of music lovers, and to encourage amateur musicians and young emerging artists. This mission has been fulfilled successfully year after year.

For this 10th edition, 26 indoor concerts and a hundred or so free activities for the whole family will allow you to explore a multitude of musical universes, from the great classical works to Balinese music, as well as jazz, film music, music from the Balkans or the Middle East. From different cultures, this music will evoke memories of travel that will lead you into the fantastic world of tales.