(1970 - )
Paul Frehner’s works have been commissioned and performed by an array of outstanding Canadian and international artists, ensembles, orchestras and opera companies including the Stuttgart Chamber Choir, Almeida Opera, Aldeburgh Productions, Soundstreams Canada, Continuum New York, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra, Aventa Ensemble, the Prague Philharmonia, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra, The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, BIT20 Ensemble, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, pianists Brigitte Poulin and André Ristic, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the Trio Fibonacci and the Quasar Saxophone Quartet.
Paul Frehner has received numerous awards at the national and international level for his compositions, including First Prize in the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra's International Composition Competition for Overture 2000, First Prize in the Prague Philharmonia’s Symphony of the Third Millennium Composition Competition (2001) for his orchestral work Elixirs, Second Prize in the Genesis Prizes for Opera (2003), a Finalist Award in the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra’s International Composers Award competition (2004) and the Claude Vivier National Award in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s International Composition Competition for Lila (2007). Recently, in 2012 he was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Classical Music administered by the Ontario Arts Council.
Frehner’s recently completed commissions include Phantom Suns for large orchestra, Corpus for double chamber choir and percussion quartet and Berliner Konzert, a triple concerto for piano trio and string orchestra commissioned for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Upcoming projects include a bassoon concerto for Nadina Mackie Jackson and Orchestra London and new works for the Gryphon Trio and Ensemble Transmission.
Paul Frehner is on the Faculty of Music of Western University where he teaches composition, orchestration, electroacoustic music and co-directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is also featured as a conductor with Orchestra London from time to time.