Paul’s Bio

Paul Levasseur has wanted to be a composer from the time he was very young.  He started playing piano at age five and was enrolled in Suzuki piano lessons by age seven.  Into his teenage years, he flourished as a pianist and played several concerts through the Cold Lake Music Festival and at the Suzuki Piano Workshop held at the University of Alberta.  He started learning to read chord charts and play pop music piano at the age of 16, a skill which he has developed through playing both in rock bands and in religious services.

Not content with being a pianist alone,  rock guitar was the next item of interest.  At age 20,  Paul purchased an electric guitar and the rest is history.   He currently plays guitar mostly in religious services although the rigors of Cello performance have demanded a great deal of time lately.

During his early twenties, the dream of being a composer was forgotten but it was rekindled when taking a music appreciation course at the University of Manitoba in 2003.  By 2005, Paul had auditioned at the University of Manitoba and was accepted as a composition major.  There he did one year as a piano minor and two as a Cello minor, studying under WSO cellist Yuri Hooker.   He has completed his composition studies at UBC under Stephen Chatman as well as Cello with Eric Wilson and he is currently pursuing his DMA at U of T with distinguished Greek Canadian composer Christos Hatzis.

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