Paul Beauchesne has been with the Victoria Symphony since 2004. He also plays with the Beacon Hill Brass Quintet, is on faculty at the University of Victoria and the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and teaches at the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy. Prior to moving to Victoria he performed across Canada and the United States with the Calgary based Foothill Brass Quintet. His first orchestral position was with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa. While living in Durban he enjoyed getting to know the South African wines, exploring the game parks, and learning to SCUBA dive. He has performed with various ensembles including the Boston Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Vancouver Symphony. Paul has been Section Head of Brass for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival since 2006, is a Yamaha Performing Artist and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Victoria in 2011.
Hometown: Victoria, BC
First season with the VS: 2004/05
Most memorable VS experience: playing Berlioz’s Symphony Fantastique dressed as zombies for Halloween—it was great to be on stage with my teacher and previous Victoria Symphony tubist Eugene Dowling.
Hobbies and interests: hiking, gardening, photography, swimming, canoeing.
Favourite things to do around the capital region: finding moments to enjoy the beauty that surrounds us, even it is only for s short walk along the ocean or up Mount Doug. When a rare day off presents itself I like to get out to East Sooke park or one of the other many hiking trails in the area.
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