has led an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator.

While earning cello performance degrees at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School with Ronald Leonard, Paul won top prizes at several international cello competitions which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and to Brazil where he performed the Shostakovich Concerto with the Bahia Symphony at the Teatro Nacional.

Leading a double life, Paul took advantage of his time in Los Angeles by converting his dorm room into a production studio. There, he created arrangements and recorded strings for bands such as Yellowcard and Veruca Salt, and worked with the producers of numerous other artists including Pennywise, U2, and Pearl Jam. Paul's productions, which range from experimental orchestral arrangements to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums, commercials and films. Ever the versatile musician and improviser, Paul has toured and performed extensively with Chick Corea, while working closely with him on arrangements. Paul appears on his album Continents, as well as Hot House, which won a 2013 Grammy. He has also recorded with Grammy-winner Joe Cocker, and appeared with jazz greats Etta James at the Hollywood Bowl and Stanley Clarke at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Paul spent many summers nurturing his love for chamber music at the Aspen, Perlman, Olympic, and Marlboro Music Festivals, where he performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Ysaye Quartets. He has also had the pleasure of performing with Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Wiley and Richard Goode, among many others. After moving to New York in 2009, Paul joined the award-winning Harlem String Quartet, with whom he spent 3 years performing and teaching extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Africa. Paul currently writes and performs as a member of the electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Bright Wave, Bird's Eye Trio, and the Colonials, and has toured regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.

As a composer, one of Paul's first large-scale compositions was a highly virtuosic concerto for cello, orchestra, and electronics. Entitled "Tales From Bent City," the piece blends Paul's passion for hip-hop and improvisation with his love of the great 19th century late-romantic composers, and its New York premiere was hailed by Sequenza21 as "surprising, fun, fresh, and innovative." Paul has composed works for the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, Met soprano Susanna Phillips, cellist Judith Serkin, violist Ayane Kozasa, yMusic, Bargemusic, and many others, and has been the composer-in-residence at the Twickenham, Newburyport, and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals. Paul recently completed composing the score for the new prison-drama feature film Heartlock, as well as a new Mars-exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by scientist and NASA project leader Dr. Peter Smith. He is Caramoor's commissioned composer for the summer of 2016.

Paul plays on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and spends his spare time woodworking, fly-fishing, and practicing guitar, bass, violin, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin. [download bio]

Chick Corea at the Blue Note
Solo recital in Zipper Hall
EL VY on the Late Show with Colbert
Dawn of Midi at Ecstatic Music Festival
Terry Riley premiere at National Sawdust
Lutoslawski Concerto with Polish Radio Symphony
Mark Morris Dance Group
New York
On tour with Chick Corea & Gary Burton
Los Angeles

Tales from Bent City Cello, electronics, orchestra 2008, 10'
Talk Cello duo
2010, 6'
Buffalo Dies with Grace Cello quartet
2010, 5'
Toy Bricks Violin, 2 celli, bass
2013, 8'
Strange Beloved Land String quartet
2013, 18'
A Sanguine Clockwork Violin, viola, cello
2013, 9'
Ice Caves Violin, 2 celli, piano
2013, 15'
Merry Gentleman's Dream 5-str violin, rhode
2013, 5'
Breathe Cello duo
2014, 6'
American Haiku Viola & cello
2015, 10'
Our Rusty Planet Solo piano
2015, 7'
Cicada Songs Sopr, quartet, bassoon
2015, 15'
Busy Signals 10 partially buried pianos
2015, 8'
thous&ths yMusic (mixed sextet)
2015, 8'
LIFT String quartet
2016, 25'





JAN 11 Late Night with Stephen Colbert
Performance with EL VY + David Bowie tribute
New York, NY

JAN 23 Show with Eddie Barbash
11PM @ Manderley Bar
New York, NY

JAN
30
Show with Eddie Barbash
11PM @ Manderley Bar
New York, NY
FEB
6
Show with Eddie Barbash
11PM @ Manderley Bar
New York, NY
FEB
9
The Colonials
"Swoon" feat. J. Mae Barizo
7PM @ Meisel Gallery (SoHo) New York, NY
FEB
19
Gity Razaz's "Valley of Not-Knowing"
7PM @ National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY
FEB
22
Gity Razaz's "Valley of Not-Knowing"
7PM @ National Sawdust
Brooklyn, NY
MAR
5
"Road from Transylvania Home" with Jen Curtis (Homage to Enescu)
7PM @ Haw River Ballroom
Saxaphaw, NC
MAR
15
Guest appearance with yMusic & Jose Gonzalez
7:30PM @ CA Center for the Arts
Escondido, CA
APR
2
Guest appearance with Aizuri Quartet
Quadrangle Series
Haverford, PA

APR
3
Guest principal of Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Bartok Music for S,P,C. Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony
2:30PM @ Kimmel Center
Philadelphia, PA
APR
4
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
7:30PM @ Kimmel Center
Philadelphia, PA

APR
9
American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) plays Byrd, Glass, Reich
The Kitchen
New York, NY

APR
10
ACME presents: Julius Eastman's The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 celli, Charlemagne Palestine's Strumming Music
The Kitchen
New York, NY

APR
16
Dolphin Inc.
Solo cello set and collaborative set with guitarist/curator Aaron Roche
302 Butler St.
Brooklyn, NY
APR
21
NOVUS NY
Faure Requiem and Ginastera
1PM @ Trinity Wall Street
New York, NY

APR
19-24
National Sawdust residency
with ACME
Show on April 24 @ 4PM
Brooklyn, NY

APR
26
Show with Eddie Barbash
@ Opera Club
New York, NY
MAY
15
NOVUS NY
Ginastera Cello Concerto #1 and Beethoven Missa Solemnis
3PM @ Trinity Wall Street
New York, NY

JUN
11
American Viola Society Festival
= WORLD PREMIERE =
Wiancko: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Oberlin, OH
JUN
15
Music of Aaron Roche
10PM @ National Sawdust
New York, NY

JUN
16
Lost Dog Ensemble:
Per Norgard's Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking and Plutonian Ode with Sarah Joy Miller, soprano
8PM @ Scandinavia House
New York, NY

JUN
21
ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)
Ginastera Serenade for solo cello, baritone, and ensemble
5PM @ Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park
New York, NY

JUL
8
Caramoor Summer Music Festival
= WORLD PREMIERE =
Wiancko: LIFT for String Quartet

Aizuri Quartet
Katonah, NY
AUG
1-7
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
Wiancko: LIFT, Judd Greenstein: Four on the Floor, Faure, Franck, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, et al.
Twisp, WA
AUG
21
Duo performance with
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Wiancko: American Haiku, Caroline Shaw, Hindemith, Lutoslawki, Bach, Telemann, Clarke
4PM @ Highfield Hall
Falmouth, MA
AUG
31
String Orchestra of Brooklyn feat. Bill Brittelle with Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak, Aaron Roche & Michi & Paul Wiancko
7:30PM @ Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

SEP
9
Appalachian Spring
With Michelle Ross & Friends 8PM @ High Falls, NY
OCT
16
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
8PM @ Thalia Hall
Chicago, IL
OCT
18
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
7:30PM @ Cedar Cultural Center
Minneapolis, MN
OCT
19
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
8PM @ The Danforth
Toronto, Canada
OCT
20
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
Cinquième salle, Place des Arts
Montreal, Canada
OCT
21
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
7PM @ Berklee College of Music
Boston, MA
OCT
23
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
(LPR Presents)
8PM @ Cathedral of St. Joseph
Brooklyn, NY
OCT
24
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
WNYC Soundcheck (podcast)
New York, NY
NOV
10
ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra)
8:15PM @ Ithica College
Ithica, NY
NOV
12
ECCO
Peoples' Symphony Concerts
7:30PM @ Washington Irving H.S.
New York, NY
NOV
14
ECCO
Music Mondays (Free)
7:30PM @ Advent Lutheran Church
New York, NY
DEC
11
Cellist Gabriel Cabezas in recital
with Amy Yang, piano
= WORLD PREMIERE =
Wiancko: TBD for 2 celli, piano, percussion, et al.
3PM @ American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA
 
 




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"A performance so light and graceful it was nearly weightless, with detailed and utterly transparent playing."

"So fresh and full-blooded, so full of earthy vitality and sheer sensual pleasure, that it made you happy to be alive." - Performance with Musicians from Marlboro
 
Washington Post
"Paul Wiancko's Cello Concerto is a terrific example of how when the composer understands both the hip hop and classical traditions and can write music that is simultaneously idiomatic to both styles, the result is surprising, fun, fresh, and even innovative...[Wiancko's] grasp of this hybrid area is clearly much stronger than most."
 
Sequenza21
"Paul's voice is a shade above a whisper. His music is sure and defined."
 
Los Angeles Times
"Extraordinary cello playing."
 
Jewish Journal
of L.A.
"Incredible artistry... The quartet performed with an astute awareness of each other and with careful attention to dynamics—radiantly squeezing expression from every note of the score while maintaining its delicacy and brilliance." - Performance with Musicians from Marlboro
 
Boston
Musical
Intelligencer