Paul Suchan (b.1983) is a frequently performed and commissioned Canadian composer and music educator.
In December 2011, at the age of only 28, Mr. Suchan’s ninety minute opera, The Beast in the Jungle, was performed in Montréal with orchestra under the baton of the composer. In 2014 Mr. Suchan was awarded first place in the Canadian Band Association Composition Competition for his piece Swiftriver Passage. In the summer of 2009 Paul was the first composer to be invited to WASBE’s (World Association for Wind Bands and Ensembles) mentorship program where he studied in Cincinnati with composer Jonathan Newman.
In addition to Mr. Suchan’s collaborative work with community, high school and university groups, he is a Co-Founder and current Artistic Director of the Sask New Music Festival, an annual 3-day festival that features Saskatchewan and prairie composers. He is in demand as a performer, conductor and clinician and has taught at both the secondary and post secondary level. He performs regularly on saxophone and piano with many different ensembles, including his jazz trio, PFM.
Mr. Suchan is from Saskatoon, where he graduated with a B. Mus/B.Mus Ed (2007) from the University of Saskatchewan. He furthered his studies at the Université de Montréal with a M.Mus in Composition (2012) with composer Alan Belkin. He is currently based in Montréal where he lives with his wife Naomi.
Works for Winds
- Colors and Contrasts of Grief, The (2015)
- Swiftriver Passage (2015)
- Three Dawn Scenes in Summer (2012)
- Wandering and Fading of a Hymn, The (2012)
- Winter Music (2013)