B i o g r a p h y

Paul’s uniquely expressive voice as a multi-instrumentalist and composer is informed by many styles, including contemporary classical music, world music and jazz.

He graduated from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music in 1987 with Honours in Composition. Orchestral performance experience includes the Tasmanian and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. 

Paul has performed with many jazz/improvising groups committed to presenting original Australian music. International acts with whom he has performed include Lou Reed, Bobby Previte, Jim McNeely, Ólafur Arnalds, Jerry Lewis and Michael Bublé.

Paul is a long-standing member of the Australian Art Orchestra and ARIA winning world-music group MARA! With these groups he has recorded numerous CDs and has frequently toured Europe, North America, Mexico and Asia.

He composed and performed for the acclaimed theatre production Birth of the Cool for the 2003 Sydney Festival, with subsequent seasons in Edinburgh and Germany.

Recent performances include Sydney and New York seasons of “Diary of a Madman”, concerts with Gurrumul and the SSO, his acting debut in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” for Sydney Theatre Company and Timeline with Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Presets. 

Recent compositions aim for a synergy between composed music and the spontaneity of improvised elements.  Commissions include works for the Sydney Festival, Ars Musica Australis and Aurora New Music Festival. He recently received his Master of Music in Composition from Sydney University.

photo Karen Steains