Godwin Friesen




Godwin Friesen grew up making music with his 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 2nd prize at the PianoArts North American Competition in Milwaukee having also earned Best Performance of a Composition by Bach. He also participated in this year’s 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, 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 a bachelor’s degree and an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School with John O’Conor and is now pursuing a master’s degree at the Université de Montréal with Henry Kramer.

Semi-final Round

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)

Piano Sonata in A-flat major, Hob. XVI:46

    1. I. Allegro moderato
    1. II. Adagio
    III. Finale: Presto

MARC HYLAND (born in 1960)

Prélude Blanc


Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36

    1. I. Allegro agitato
    1. II. Non allegro – Lento
    III. L’istesso tempo – Allegro molto

J.S. Bach Special Round


Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp major, WTC I, BWV 848

GODWIN FRIESEN (born in 1998)

Fugue in A major

Final Round

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major, op. 26 (27 min)
I. Andante – Allegro
II. Teme con variazioni (Andantino)
III. Allegro ma non troppo