B i o g r a p h y
Paul Kopetz was born in Warsaw, Poland, where he received his early music education at Państwowa Ogólnokształcaca Szkoła Muzyczna I St. Im. Emila Młynarskiego. After moving to Australia with his family, he graduated from the University of Melbourne, The Victorian College of the Arts, the Rotterdam Conservatorium, and Monash University. Over the years he has worked as a free-lance bass clarinettist, composer/arranger, conductor and educator. His compositions and arrangements have been performed in the USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Holland, Italy, Netherlands, China, Singapore, Ukraine and Poland. One reviewer has described Paul’s music as “an emotive and captivating mix of poly-stylistic soundscapes where Contemporary Classical forms provide a flexible springboard for personal journeys of reflection, social commentary, explorations of the natural world and above all artistic integrity”.
As an instrumentalist Paul has performed with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Queensland's Camerata. He has performed extensively in music theatre, in Australia and Holland, and as a chamber/session musician. He has made contributions as a guest artist to a number of CD recordings of film, symphonic and chamber music.
Since focusing on composition in 2009, Paul's music has been awarded numerous prizes in composition competitions around the world. His works have been performed at festivals and in concert series by acclaimed Australian and international artists. His creative output includes music for chamber ensembles of various sizes and instrumentation, strings, choirs, wind orchestra, solo instruments, and voice.
Paul is a dedicated and passionate music educator working with students of all ages and abilities. He is a woodwind examiner with the Australian Music Examination Board and Composer-In-The-Classroom with Musica Viva Queensland. Paul is a represented artist with Australian Music Centre.