Early Music Skills & Interests
Early Music Affiliations
Tatiana Friesen (she/her) is a freelance violist, Baroque specialist, and music educator based in Winnipeg, Treaty 1. In 2016, she instigated Musica Poetica, a historically-informed Baroque instrumental ensemble which excitedly shares early music with audiences in a relaxed and intimate setting. She teaches privately, coaches chamber ensembles, and is a Teaching Artist with Sistema Winnipeg; as of 2021 she is also the director of the Collegium Musicum at the University of Manitoba. Her approach to performance and teaching is one of curiosity about the notes on the page, historical context, physical and emotional health, and relational dynamics between performers and other listeners.
Tatiana earned a Bachelor of Music from Canadian Mennonite University and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Music from the University of Manitoba, both under the instruction of Daniel Scholz. Noticing that there is such a thing as historically-informed performance, she participated in Tafelmusik’s Baroque Summer Institute multiple times, then acquired a Master’s in Early Music from McGill University, where she benefited from the guidance of Hélène Plouffe, Hank Knox, Olivier Brault, Adrian Butterfield, Stefano Montanari, and Rodolfo Richter, as well as historical dance specialist Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière.
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