Paul Pacanowski
     Musician, Composer

Paul Pacanowski was born in Lodz, Poland.  After receiving his M.A. in clarinet performance from Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Poland, Paul further continued his studies in Darmstadt, Germany focusing on contemporary music.  Coming to Canada in 1983, Paul studied composition with J. Wyzuty and Samuel Dolin.

A versatile musician Paul has performed with symphony orchestras, big bands, jazz bands, chamber music ensembles, studio and pit bands, klezmer bands as well as many others.  He has led his own jazz groups performing mostly his own music and many original compositions have been performed with symphonies, in concerts, and numerous festivals such as Barrie, Collingwood, Guelph, Du Maurier in Toronto and Montreux in Switzerland.  He has also released three CD albums featuring his own music.

Paul has worked for the Toronto District School Board as an itinerant band music instructor and has been a faculty member at The Royal Conservatory of Music.  He is also an organist and choir leader at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Bramalea.

    Paul Pacanowski (woodwinds) & Anna Dynarowska (piano)

As a clarinet/piano duo, Paul and Anna have made a number of archival recordings for The Polish Radio and TV Company, performed with Pro Musica chamber ensemble and appeared as the featured artists in the Royal Conservatory Twilight Chamber Music series, the University of Toronto Hart House concert series, Guelph University Noon Hour concert series, Georgetown, Aliston, Cambridge, Elora concert series and at numerous other venues. The husband and wife team offers two different programs:

  • A straight forward classical recital comprised of Romantic and 20th century music featuring works by composers such as: Brahms, Lutoslawski, Martinu, Hindemith, Poulenc, Milhaud, Berg, Pacanowski.
  • Something on the lighter side where Anna plays classical piano solos and accompanies Paul's clarinet, saxophone and flute work in both classical and not-so-classical idioms. They even do "four hands" at the piano. Throughout the evening Paul guides the audience through the musical experience with dialogue on the various instruments and styles presented.

     • Brahms
     • Hindemith
     • Pacanowski