Paul Frehner’s initial musical experiences came from playing guitar in several rock and folk music groups throughout his teenage years. He then studied composition at McGill University with John Rea, Brian Cherney and Denys Bouliane, eventually completing his doctoral degree in 2004.
Frehner’s compositions have been performed by the Almeida Opera, the Esprit Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Contemporaine de Montréal and the Quasar Saxophone Quartet.
He has received received commissions by Genesis Foundation, Esprit Orchestra, Ensemble Contemporaine de Montréal, Radio France, Fibonacci Trio, Gryphon Trio and Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, among others.
Paul Frehner is a faculty member of the Don Wright Faculty of Music of Western University (London, Canada) where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music, and co-directs the contemporary music ensemble.