Paweł Wnuk's bassoon playing has been hailed as "phenomenal"-family member; "interesting"-bassoon colleague; "beautiful oboe sound"-concert attendee; "pretty good"-former student; and "tears inducing"-world famous soprano. (Get in touch here to add your own descriptor!)
Formerly the tenured principal bassoonist with the Detroit Opera and Columbus Philharmonic, Mr. Wnuk has been a frequent guest performer with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Windsor Symphony in Canada, Camerata Orchestra of Bloomington, the Carmel Symphony and many others. As a pedagogue, Mr. Wnuk taught bassoon and woodwind orchestral repertoire at Southern Methodist University where he was also interim director of chamber music.
Mr. Wnuk began his formal music studies at the age of 7 in a specialized music school in his native Poland. He is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds degrees in music, liberal studies, and organizational leadership. He served as associate instructor of bassoon at Indiana University where he earned a Performer Diploma and later defied convention by gaining acceptance into the highly coveted Artist Diploma program. Mr. Wnuk is currently a doctoral candidate in music pedagogy.
Mr. Wnuk is fond of disregarding the confines of genre (and at times even rhythm, particularly when performing works by composers no longer able to complain). His solo and chamber music performances include multiple premieres of self-arranged works and other rarities of the repertoire. As a musician who values flexibility, Mr. Wnuk has been seen exercising and he regularly utilizes three different bassoons for his performances, all of which (the bassoons, not the concerts) can be heard on this site.
In his spare time, Mr. Wnuk practices the bassoon and converses, usually pleadingly, with his many reeds.