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 (ECCO) and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

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 was 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'
Maniacal Swing from LIFT* String quartet
2016, 1'
Heartlock Original Film Soundtrack
2016, 110'
Closed Universe Solo cello, piano quartet, glockenspiel
2016, 7'
Sonata for Viola & Piano
"Buoyant Forces"
Viola, piano
2017, 24'

*Sheet music available at:

Otaru Viola Master Class
Guest Artist
with Nobuko Imai & Koji Otsuki
Hokkaido, Japan
OVMC New Year's Concert
Lutoslawski Bucolics duo with Violist Ayane Kozasa
3PM @ Otaru Civic Center
Hokkaido, Japan
OVMC Four Seasons Concert
3PM @ Otaru Civic Center
Hokkaido, Japan
OVMC Four Seasons Concert
7PM @ Asahi Hall
Tokyo, Japan
Duo Recital with Ayane Kozasa
Wiancko: American Haiku (JAPAN PREMIERE)
12PM @ Marunouchi Trust City
Tokyo, Japan
Solo Recital
7PM @ Casa Romantica
San Clemente, CA
IRIS Orchestra
Germantown, TN
Spiritual America
with William Brittelle, Missy Mazzolli, Daniel Wohl, Michi Wiancko, and Aaron Roche
7:30PM @ Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs, CA
Guest cellist with Blonde Redhead and ACME
8:30PM @ Celebrity Series of Boston
Boston, MA
Q2 Presents: Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Black Mountain Songs album release show
7:30PM @ The Greene Space at WNYC
New York, NY
Show with Aaron Roche and Qasim Naqvi
8PM @ Pianos
New York, NY
Music by Lisa Bielawa
7PM @ National Sawdust
New York, NY
Lost Dog New Music Ensemble
8PM @ Dimenna Center
New York, NY
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
8PM @ Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, CA
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
8PM @ Regency Ballroom
San Francisco, CA
Jóhann Jóhannsson & ACME
7:30PM @ Nordstrom at Benaroya Hall
Seattle, WA
Ayane Kozasa, viola
& Amy Yang, piano
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Wiancko: Sonata for Viola and Piano
8PM @ American Philosophical Society
Philadelphia, PA
Gamut Bach Ensemble
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
8PM @ Church of the Holy Trinity
Philadelphia, PA
Benefit Concert with cellists Peter Wiley and Judith Serkin
8PM @ Guilford Library
Guilford, VT
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
Twisp, WA
Music of Pauchi Sasaki
Grand Theatre National
Lima, Peru
Avaloch Farm Music Institute
with violist Ayane Kozasa
Boscawen, NH
Gamut Bach Ensemble
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
8PM @ Church of the Holy Trinity
Philadelphia, PA


"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."
"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