Eric Paetkau

Conductor 

Canadian Eric Paetkau (payte-co) is the Music Director of the Saskatoon Symphony
Orchestra and is also Founder and Music Director of Toronto-based group of 27. Known
for his intense musicality and artistic excellence, Mr. Paetkau has conducted many
orchestras including the Calgary Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Hamilton
Philharmonic and Les Violons du Roy, among many others. He has also worked with a
wide range of soloists including Jan Lisiecki, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Nathan Berg and
Tanya Tagaq.
With the dynamic and innovative group of 27, he’s produced a concert recording with
Juno award winning soprano Shannon Mercer on Centaur Records, as well as a recording
of Canadian concerti with bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson and trumpeter Guy Few on
the MSR label. Both discs were nominated for two Classical Album of the Year
categories for the 2014 Juno Awards.
Mr. Paetkau has also held the position of Resident Conductor with Quebec City’s worldrenowned
Les Violons du Roy. He led the orchestra in over 40 concerts with repertoire
ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary.
As a violist, Mr. Paetkau was a member of the Nuremburg Symphony in Germany, and
has played with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the
National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Les Violons du Roy, and Tafelmusik Baroque
Orchestra.