Eric Friesen is a broadcaster, writer and speaker on music, culture and faith in both Canada and the United States. He was a network host and executive for both CBC Radio and Minnesota Public Radio (NPR). For CBC, he hosted such programs as Studio Sparks, Onstage at Glenn Gould Studio and In Performance, as well as the celebrated documentary series, The Concerto According to Pinchas and The Concerto According to Manny, among many others. Eric was the founding Program Director for Winnipeg’s new classical and jazz station, Classic 107, and is a Consultant to Radio New Zealand’s Concert Network. He also continues to serve a wide variety of major cultural organizations, nationally and internationally, teaches at Victoria College University, Toronto, and co-hosts a book club in the Maximum Unit of Collins Bay Institution (prison) in Kingston.
In December 2019, Eric Friesen was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.