Paul Dykstra


Paul Dykstra has been a performance oriented pianist for the past 45 years in both the USA and Canada. Originally hailing from Edmonton and studying at the University of Alberta with Helmut Brauss, he has subsequently gone on to do solo, two piano, chamber music, and  musical production work all over North America. Based in New Hampshire for 20 years, he was involved in such diverse projects as performing Beethoven Emperor and Tchaikovsky First  Piano Concertos with Great Bay Philharmonic, Mozart’s Double Piano Concerto with Granite State Symphony, and as the orchestral pianist with NYC Living Arts’ Production of Porgy and Bess in USA and Trinidad. Other notable projects include his Musical Direction of the Premiere of Roger Rudenstein’s Opera “Grace” in Boston, recordings of new American Music with renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and the Slovak Radio Orchestra, and numerous concert engagements as a solo and collaborative pianist. Relocating to his native Canada in 2020, he has since been active as a performer, chamber musician, and Festival Adjudicator, as well as mentoring and teaching at Kelowna Community Music School. Paul was a finalist for the American Prize Concerto Competition in 2017. His musical tastes are quite diverse, and include Progressive Rock, Jazz, and, on one occasion, a side gig as keyboardist for the disco  band Tavares in Atlantic City.

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