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Paul Grindlay, Bass-Baritone

Paul Grindlay has performed in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Japan. His bold stage presence and unique vocal abilities have captivated audiences in productions of Don Giovanni (Leporello) for Opera Atelier, Die Pilger von Mekka (Vertigo) for the Vienna Chamber Opera, Handel’s Messiah and numerous Baroque and Classical concert works with prestigious organizations throughout North America.

A prominent concert artist, Mr. Grindlay has appeared with Tafelmusik, The Portland and Pacific Baroque Orchestras, the American Bach Soloists, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Toronto Consort, Les Voix Baroques, Le Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, the Victoria, Kingston and Red Deer Symphony Orchestras, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Bach Choir and Cantata Singers, Chor Leoni Men's Choir, the Ottawa Choral Society, Pro Coro Canada, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Richard Eaton Singers and the Calgary Festival Chorus (among numerous others). He is probably best known for his interpretation of Baroque music, where his agility and resonant low range can truly shine, but he is equally at home in Classical and Romantic repertoire and in recital collaborations.

Mr. Grindlay has also sung with Opera Atelier, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria and Opera Mississauga in such roles as Leporello and Masetto (Don Giovanni), Bartolo (Marriage of Figaro), Don Basilio (Barber of Seville), Banquo (Macbeth), Benoit/Alcindoro (La Boheme), Father Truelove (Rake’s Progress) and the Duke (Romeo and Juliette).

He holds a degree in Music (voice/opera) and a degree in Zoology, both from the University of British Columbia, and has also studied at the Britten-Pears School (Suffolk, UK), Steans Institute (Chicago, USA), and the Banff School for the Arts (Alberta, Canada).

Paul has been an adjunct music professor at Rocky Mountain College (rockymountaincollege.ca) since 2007, where he teaches voice plus a small ensemble/chamber music class. He is the Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys Choir (calgaryboyschoir.ab.ca), “SuperSonic Men’s Choir” and the Airdrie Community Choir (aidriecommunitychoir.org) plus co-director of music at Knox Presbyterian Church (knoxcalgary.ca). He is a founder member of “VoiceScapes” – a professional vocal collective - and “The Buzz” – a men’s a cappella quartet. He is in demand as a performer, voice teacher, repertoire coach, guest conductor, clinician and arranger and serves on the board of directors for the Alberta Choral Federation and the Pro Arts Society.

He is featured on three recordings for the NAXOS label with the Aradia Baroque Ensemble: Purcell’s Tempest, Charpentier’s Noels and Christmas Motets, and Cantatas by Buxtehude. He has also recorded a Praetorius Christmas Vespers for Marquis and an all-Kapsberger disc for Toccata Classics. Upcoming/recent engagements include Messiah with VoiceScapes, St. John Passion with Pro Coro Canada and recitals of Schumann and Britten songs in Calgary and Edmonton with Kathleen van Mourik and Roger Admiral.

In spare time, Paul is a passionate fly-fisherman, and leads guided fishing trips on the Bow River during the summer months. He also loves to spend time with his family and write poetry.