Mike Anklewicz is a versatile musician who performs, composes, arranges, and teaches in many different areas of music, ranging from classical to jazz to klezmer to the avant-garde. He has recorded and performed with distinguished artists in all of these genres.

Mike received his Bachelor of Music degree at Queen's University in 1999, where he studied saxophone with Peter Freeman and clarinet with Gordon Craig. He continued his saxophone studies, taking lessons with some of the top teachers in North America and doing masterclasses with the legendary French saxophonist and teacher, Jean-Marie Londeix. Mike completed his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance at the prestigious New England Conservatory where he studied with Ken Radnofsky and then completed a Ph.D in ethnomusicology at York University in Toronto, writing his dissertation, entitled "Musical Hybridities and the Klezmer Revival" under the supervision of Dr. Louise Wrazen.

Mike is involved in a number of projects. His longest-running project is KlezFactor, a critically-acclaimed fusion of traditional Eastern-European Jewish music with jazz, rock, Balkan, Middle-Eastern and other influences. KlezFactor has performed internationally acclaim for their three albums, including their most recent recording Europa, released in 2016. Europa, recorded in Dresden and Berlin, Germany and Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, featured the KlezFactor band that Mike formed while living in Germany in 2012. With a dynamic quintet of international musicians, Europa highlights Anklewicz's versatility and ability to synthesize music from a wide variety of musical genres. KlezFactor's music has been heard on the radio in Canada, the US, Argentina, France, Portugal, Spain and Russia and on television in Canada, the Czech Republic and Israel.

Mike is also the co-artistic director of Ensemble Topaz, a music and dance group which focuses on music of Turkey, Central Asia and the Middle-East. Ensemble Topaz has performed at a number of venues in the Toronto area including the Canadian National Exhibition's International Stage and will be returning to Ontario Culture Days this fall.

Mike has performed and recorded with several ensembles and artists from around the world including Shadmehr Aghili (Iran/USA), Lenka Lichtenberg and Yair Dalal (Canada/Czech Republic/Israel), Eggnoise (Czech Republic), Franka Lampe (Germany), and Shtreiml (Montreal). Mike can be heard on Prague-based band Eggnoise's album, Yolk, and on Ondřej Galuška's solo album, O.G. and the Odd Gifts.

Mike is also active performing traditional klezmer music. With his trio, he has performed at many venues including the Portugese Synagogue in Amsterdam and at Jewish Music Week in Toronto. He will be releasing his first recording with the Mike Anklewicz Klezmer Trio, entitled The Rabbi's Blessing, in 2017, collaborating with Montreal-based accordionist Yoni Kaston and bassist Joel Kerr.

Based in Toronto, Mike has performed at some of the top venues in Toronto including Massey Hall, The Rex Jazz Club and Harbourfront Centre. Mike has also performed in venues in the United States, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Germany.

Anklewicz is active as a music educator, serving as the Saxophone Instructor at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto since 2005 and he continues to teach all styles of music on saxophone and clarinet at his Toronto studio.



CONTACT
To find out more about Mike Anklewicz as a teacher, performer or composer/arranger, please email mike@mikeanklewicz.com