BREAKING NEWS: Aizuri Quartet album Blueprinting (feat. "LIFT" by Paul Wiancko) nominated for 2019 GRAMMY Award!

"If Haydn were alive to write a
string quartet today, it may
sound something like
Paul Wiancko's LIFT."
NPR Music
"Vital pieces that avoid
the predictable."
Allan Kozinn, former
NY Times critic
"Incredible artistry"
Boston Musical
Intelligencer
"LIFT challenges the sonic limits
of the string quartet...this
piece is a must-hear."
Osaka Yomiuri TV
"Extraordinary cello-playing"
Jewish Journal of L.A.
"Fresh and full-blooded"
Washington Post
"Ayane & Paul...deftly established
its precision and energy"
Allan Kozinn, former
NY Times critic
"So full of earthy vitality and
sheer sensual pleasure
that it made you happy
to be alive."
Washington Post
The perfect musical message
for our time.
Shelter Island Reporter
"Paul's voice is a shade above
a whisper. His music is
sure and defined."
Los Angeles Times
"Surprising, fun, fresh,
and even innovative."
Sequenza21
"So light and graceful it was.--....
nearly weightless, with........
detailed and utterly.....
transparent playing."....
Washington Post
scores available on
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Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multifaceted musical life as a composer and cellist. As a performer, he has collaborated with Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Nico Muhly, and members of the Guarneri, Takács, JACK, Parker, Orion, and Juilliard quartets. Chosen as one of Kronos Quartet’s “50 for the Future”, Paul’s own music has been described as “dazzling”, “compelling” (Star Tribune) and “vital pieces that avoid the predictable” (Allan Kozinn). His 25-minute quartet LIFT is featured on the Aizuri Quartet’s Grammy-nominated album Blueprinting, one of NPR’s top 10 classical albums of 2018.

As a student, Paul was simultaneously winning international cello competitions (which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra) and recording strings for local punk bands in his dorm room. That duality embedded itself in Paul's artistic DNA and soon resulted in collaborations with Chick Corea, Etta James, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, and members of Arcade Fire, The National, Blonde Redhead, and many others.

An avid chamber musician, Paul's performances with Musicians From Marlboro have been described as "utterly transparent" and "so full of earthy vitality and sheer sensual pleasure that it made you happy to be alive" (Washington Post). In 2009, he joined the award-winning Harlem 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 viola and cello duo Ayane & Paul, and appears regularly with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

Winner of the S&R Foundation's Washington Award for Composition, Paul has been invited to be composer-in-residence at the Caramoor, Spoleto, Twickenham, Newburyport, Portland, and Methow Valley Festivals. Recent commissions include works for the Aizuri, Parker, St. Lawrence, Kronos, Eybler, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, violinist Alexi Kenney, violistAyane Kozasa, and the Raleigh Civic Symphony. NPR recently wrote, “If Haydn were alive to write a string quartet today, it may sound something like Paul Wiancko's LIFT.”

In 2019, Paul’s music was premiered by Alexi Kenney at Wigmore Hall, the Eybler Quartet at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Tessa Lark, Marina Piccinini, and Michael Thurber at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet with oboist James Austin Smith at Spoleto Festival USA, where he was the Bank of America Composer-in-Residence.

Paul performs on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello and lives in New York. He is passionate about woodworking and hiking, and never travels without a tenkara fly-fishing rod.

The Blue Note with Chick Corea
EL VY on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Photo: Leonardo Ramirez
Bird-s Eye Trio
Brightwave + Dawn of Midi at the Ecstatic Music Festival
Photo: Charina Pitzel
Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony
American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Ayane & Paul
Mark Morris Dance Group
Photo: Charina Pitzel
Chick Corea + Gary Burton + Harlem Quartet
Jóhann Jóhannsson + ACME
Photo: Leonardo Ramirez
Works
Toy Bricks Violin, 2 celli, double 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'
American Haiku Viola & cello
2015, 10'
Our Rusty Planet Solo piano
2015, 7'
cicada songs Soprano, string quartet, bassoon
2015, 15'
Busy Signals 10 partially buried pianos
2015, 8'
thous&ths Violin/guitar, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, trumpet/horn (yMusic)
2015, 8'
LIFT String quartet
2016, 25'
Heartlock Original Film Soundtrack
2016, 110'
Closed Universe Solo cello, piano, violin, viola, cello 2/glockenspiel
2016, 7'
Buoyant Forces Viola & piano
2017, 24'
When the Night 4 celli
2017, 8'
Death Leaves a Cluttered City Full orchestra (3d1, 2, 2, 2 - 4, 3, 3, 1, timp, 4 perc, hp, pno, str)
2018, 10'
Vox Petra 2 violas, 2 celli
2018, 10'
X Suite Solo violin
2019, 15'
Faults Oboe, string quartet
2019, 13'
Ode on a Broken Loom String quartet
2019, 10'
Disintegration Lullabies Flute, violin, double bass
2019, 9'
Benkei's Standing Death String quartet
2020, 13'



these scores available at
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2020
AUG
14-31
Music from Angel Fire
Composer-in-Residence and performing artist
Angel Fire, NM
JUL
5-25
Evolution: Quartet
at Banff Centre

Faculty artist/composer
Banff, Canada
JUN
20-28
St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar
Faculty artist/composer
Stanford, CA
MAY
18-31
Spoleto Festival USA
Performing artist/composer
Charleston, SC
APR
19
Concordia Chamber Players
Wiancko: American Haiku, Arensky Quartet, and Schubert Quintet; with Siwoo Kim, Cindy Wu, Ayane Kozasa, & Michelle Djokic
New Hope, PA
APR
16
Musikiwest Concert
Wiancko: American Haiku, Arensky Quartet, and Schubert Quintet; with Siwoo Kim, Cindy Wu, Ayane Kozasa, & Michelle Djokic
Palo Alto, CA
FEB
9
Ayane & Paul
=WORLD PREMIERE=
A new duo by JUDD GREENSTEIN

Also featuring Wiancko: American Haiku and Vox Petra; with Melissa Reardon and Raman Ramakrishnan
Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn, NY
JAN
31
Max Richter: SLEEP feat. ACME
Sundance Film Festival
Park City, UT
JAN
15-30
Kronos Quartet
Jan 15: Stanford, CA
Jan 18: Tucson, AZ
Jan 19: Phoenix, AZ
Jan 20: Phoenix, AZ
Jan 23: Hanover, NH
with Terry Riley & Gyan Riley
Jan 25: Carnegie Hall, NY
Jan 28: Lexington, KY
Jan 30: Santa Fe, NM

*Paul will perform as the Kronos Quartet’s guest cellist during Sunny Yang’s maternity leave.

2019
DEC
18
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents: Gamut Bach Ensemble
7:30pm @ Church of the Holy Trinity
Philadelphia, PA
DEC
4
Aizuri Quartet at Carnegie Hall*
Wiancko: LIFT
New York, NY
NOV
6-24
Kronos Quartet
Nov 6: Port Townsend, WA
Nov 13: Brussels, Belgium
Nov 17: Reggio Emilia, Italy
Nov 22: Utrecht, Netherlands
Nov 24: Amsterdam, Netherlands

*Paul will perform as the Kronos Quartet’s guest cellist during Sunny Yang’s maternity leave.
NOV
3
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presents:
Tessa Lark, Marina Piccinini, & Michael Thurber*

=WORLD PREMIERE=
Wiancko: Disintegration Lullabies for Violin, Flute, and Double Bass

3pm @ Academy of the Fine Arts
Philadelphia, PA
OCT
11
Brooklyn Chamber Music Society
8pm @ First Unitarian Church
Brooklyn, NY
OCT
5
Max Richter: SLEEP on the Great Wall of China
Feat. ACME
Beijing, China
SEP
15
Sounds from a Safe Harbour Music Festival
William Brittelle: Spiritual America; with the Metropolis Ensemble
Cork, Ireland
SEP
7
Metropolis Ensemble Presents: Owls
Wiancko: Vox Petra, When The Night; with Gabriel Cabezas, Alexi Kenney, and Ayane Kozasa
New York, NY
JUL
13-
AUG
3
Banff: Evolution of the String Quartet
Faculty artist/composer
=WORLD PREMIERE=
Wiancko: Ode on a Broken Loom for the Eybler String Quartet

Banff, Canada
JUL
17
Alexi Kenney and Orion Weiss in Concert*
=WORLD PREMIERE=
Wiancko: X Suite for Solo Violin*

Wigmore Hall
London, UK
JUL
7-13
Musikiwest
Chamber music workshop
Wiancko: American Haiku
Pebble Beach, CA
JUN
19-30
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
Performances 6/20, 6/22, 6/27, 6/29
Wiancko: Vox Petra for 2 Violas & 2 Cellos
Twisp, WA
JUN
13
Kronos Quartet
Guadalajara, Mexico
JUN
11
Kronos Quartet
Mexico City, Mexico
MAY
31
Spoleto Festival USA
Composer-in-residence/guest cellist
Wiancko: When the Night for 4 Celli
11am & 1pm @ Dock Street Theater Charleston, SC
MAY
30
Spoleto Festival USA
Composer-in-residence/guest cellist
Wiancko: When the Night for 4 Celli
1pm @ Dock Street Theater Charleston, SC
MAY
28
Spoleto Festival USA
Composer-in-residence/guest cellist
Wiancko: Faults for the St. Lawrence String Quartet and James Austin Smith, oboe
11am & 1pm @ Dock Street Theater
Charleston, SC
MAY
27
Spoleto Festival USA
Composer-in-residence/guest cellist
=WORLD PREMIERE=
Wiancko: Faults for the St. Lawrence String Quartet and James Austin Smith, oboe

1pm @ Dock Street Theater
Charleston, SC
MAY
25
Spoleto Festival USA
Composer-in-residence/guest cellist
Wiancko: Closed Universe
11am & 1pm @ Dock Street Theater
Charleston, SC
MAY
24
Spoleto Festival USA
Composer-in-residence/guest cellist
Wiancko: Closed Universe
1pm @ Dock Street Theater
Charleston, SC
MAY
4
yMusic*
Wiancko: thous&ths
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
APR
17
Chamber Music at Eleventh Street Arts
Schubert Cello Quintet with Michelle Ross, Alex Fortes, Sujin Lee, and Alexi Kenney
7:30pm @ 46-06 11th St
Queens, NY
MAR
24
Big Ears Festival
with ICE

Ellen Reid: Ground to Steel Dust for cello and percussion
4pm @ Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville, TN
MAR
22
Big Ears Festival
with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)

Music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir
10pm @ St. John's Cathedral
Knoxville, TN
MAR
16
IRIS Orchestra
7:30pm @ Georgetown Performing Arts Center
Georgetown, TN
MAR
12
Central Chamber Music Series
Dvorak: Dumky Piano Trio; with Sean Lee and Peter Dugan
7:30pm @ Central Presbyterian Church
New York, NY
MAR
9
Max Richter feat. ACME
Blue Notebooks & Infra
Sumida Triphony Hall
Tokyo, Japan
MAR
6
Max Richter feat. ACME
Deutsche Grammophon Yellow Lounge
Tokyo, Japan
FEB
15
NOVUS NYC
7:30pm @ St. Paul's Chapel
New York, NY
FEB
10
GRAMMY Awards
The Aizuri Quartet is nominated for their debut album Blueprinting,
featuring Wiancko: LIFT
JAN
11-14
Otaru Viola Festival
Wiancko: Vox Petra for 2 Violas & 2 Cellos
Kanagawa Prefecture Hall
Yokohama, Japan
JAN
5
Ayane & Paul feat. Yuka Ishimaru, organ
Wiancko: American Haiku, Messiaen arr. PW: Louange, JS Bach arr. PW: Chorale Prelude BWV 747, Lutoslawski, Skold, Muhly
Kanagawa Prefecture Hall
Yokohama, Japan
*Wiancko as composer only (not performing)
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