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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Broadcaster and Writer Eric Friesen elected Chair of Honens International Piano Competition

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BROADCASTER AND WRITER ERIC FRIESEN ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF HONENS  
CALGARY, AB, June 5, 2013— Veteran Canadian broadcaster and writer Eric Friesen has been elected Chairman of the Honens International Piano Competition Foundation’s Board of Directors.  He succeeds Heather Bourne, who served as Chairman since 2007.  Friesen, who joined the Honens Board in 2009, has spent much of his life as a network classical music host, producer and executive for CBC Radio and Minnesota Public Radio.  He is also a well-known writer and speaker on music and culture.  
 
“Eric Friesen carries on the extraordinary work of Honens volunteers who have helped put Calgary and Canada on the map for culture,” said Stephen McHolm, Honens’ President & Artistic Director.  “Eric’s integrity and commitment to artistic excellence will surely advance Honens to its next chapter on the national and international stage.” 
 
Friesen is one of 12 Directors elected to the Honens Board, which also includes Past Chairman Heather Bourne, Vice Chairman Craig Hoskins (Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP), Treasurer Deborah Ambrose and Secretary Dereck Jones (Principal, Daunais McKay Harms + Jones).   
 
“Honens is an internationally applauded cultural success story, born of Calgary’s entrepreneurial spirit, and now poised for even greater accomplishments in the years ahead,” said Friesen. “Heather Bourne has been a dazzlingly inspirational Chairman, and I am honoured to succeed her.”  

In 1991, philanthropist Esther Honens established The Esther Honens International Piano Competition Foundation in her hometown of Calgary, Canada, with a gift of $5 million.  Honens discovers and launches the careers of Complete Artists—21st century pianists for 21st century audiences.  Its triennial ‘Search for the Complete Artist’ awards an emerging concert artist the largest prize of its kind—$100,000 CAN and an artistic and career development program valued at a half million dollars. 
 

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