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
"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
"Paul's voice is a shade above
a whisper. His music is
sure and defined."
Los Angeles Times
"Surprising, fun, fresh,
and even innovative."
"So light and graceful it was.--....
nearly weightless, with........
detailed and utterly.....
transparent playing."....
Washington Post
scores available on
❖ wiancko editions→

Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multifaceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator. 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 has since resulted in collaborations with artists ranging from Chick Corea, Etta James, Jóhann Jóhannsson, and Max Richter to 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). Paul has had the pleasure of performing alongside Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Nico Muhly, and members of the Guarneri, Takács, JACK, Parker, and Juilliard quartets. In 2009, Paul 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, as well as the folk-inspired Bird's Eye Trio, and tours regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

Recently chosen as one of Kronos Quartet's "50 for the Future", Paul's own music has been described as "dazzling" (Star Tribune) and "vital pieces that avoid the predictable" (Allan Kozinn), in which "gestural stabs and interlocking melodies swirl and gel, revealing a wealth of colors and textures" (Pop Matters). Winner of the S&R Foundation's Washington Award for Composition, Paul's recent commissions include works for the Aizuri, Parker, St. Lawrence, Kronos, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, violinist Alexi Kenney, Banff Centre, Bargemusic, and the Raleigh Civic Symphony. He has been invited to be composer-in-residence at the Caramoor, Spoleto, Twickenham, Newburyport, Portland, and Methow Valley Festivals. His 26-minute quartet LIFT is featured on the Aizuri Quartet's album Blueprinting, which was recently nominated for a Grammy Award and named one of NPR's top 10 classical albums of 2018.

Paul performs on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello and lives in New York. Though cello was Paul's first love, he also enjoys playing guitar, bass, violin, viola, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin. 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

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 Soprano, quartet, bassoon
2015, 15'
Busy Signals 10 partially buried pianos
2015, 8'
thous&ths Mixed sextet (yMusic)
2015, 8'
LIFT ❖ String quartet
2016, 25'
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'
Cello Quartet Op. 1
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'

❖ these scores available at

Shaker Barn Music
Collaboration with Anna & Elizabeth
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Emerald City Music
With Kristin Lee, Bella Hristova, Ayane Kozasa, Daxun Zhang, and JP Jofre
Wiancko: American Haiku, Bottesini, Piazzolla
Seattle, WA
Emerald City Music
Wiancko: American Haiku, Bottesini, Piazzolla
Olympia, WA
Pioneer Works Performance
feat. Grey McMurray and Andrew Yee
7PM @ Pioneer Works
Brooklyn, NY
Max Richter feat. ACME
Sep 28: Atlanta, GA
Sep 30: Athens, GA
Oct 2: Seattle, WA
Oct 5: Berkeley, CA
Oct 9: Montreal, CAN
Oct 10: Amherst, MA
Oct 11: Boston, MA
Oct 13: Miami, FL
Oct 14: New York, NY
Portland Chamber Music Festival
Wiancko: Vox Petra for 2 Violas and 2 Celli

Ayane & Paul feat. Melissa Reardon and Raman Ramakrishnan
Portland, ME
Raleigh Civic Symphony
Wiancko: Death Leaves a Cluttered City

Peter Askim, director
Raleigh, NC
Bach Gamut Ensemble
8pm @ Church of the Holy Trinity
Philadelphia, PA
Ayane & Paul feat. Yuka Ishimaru, organ
Wiancko: American Haiku, Messiaen: Louange*, J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude BWV 747*, Lutoslawski, Skold, Muhly (*Wiancko arr. for cello & pipe organ)
Kanagawa Prefecture Hall
Yokohama, Japan
Otaru Viola Festival
Wiancko: Vox Petra for 2 Violas & 2 Cellos
Kanagawa Prefecture Hall
Yokohama, Japan
Max Richter feat. ACME
Deutsche Grammophon Yellow Lounge
Tokyo, Japan
Max Richter feat. ACME
Blue Notebooks & Infra
Sumida Triphony Hall
Tokyo, Japan
IRIS Orchestra
7:30pm @ Georgetown Performing Arts Center
Georgetown, TN
Spoleto Festival USA
Composer-in-residence/guest cellist
Wiancko: New work for St. Lawrence String Quartet and James Austin Smith, oboe
and various other works

Charleston, SC
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
Performances on June 20, 22, 27, & 29.
Twisp, WA

Chamber music workshop
Pebble Beach, CA
Banff: Evolution of the String Quartet
Faculty artist/composer
Wiancko: New work for the Eybler String Quartet

Banff, Canada