Biography

 
 

Paul studied with Professor Rysard Bakst and graduated


with an Honours degree in solo piano from the prestigious


Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in the UK in


1983. After three further years of study at the RNCM with


John Wilson, he emerged with two postgraduate degrees


– in Advanced studies in Accompaniment and in


Professional performance in Accompaniment, the latter


awarded with Merit. He was also awarded the Max Meyer


Scholarship, the Stella Bradshaw prize for Lieder


Accompaniment and the W. Holmes Lieder


Accompaniment prize. He was the pianist for various


Masterclasses, including those given by the internationally


renowned violinist, Ida Haendel, and singers Jean Allister


and Kenneth Sandford.


 


Paul established a successful and busy piano teaching


practice and gave concerts


in Manchester, Strasbourg, Antwerp and London (in St.


John’s Smith Square) and made appearances on BBC TV


and Radio and Independent TV. He was the accompanist


and Assistant conductor of the Manchester Jewish Male


Voice choir with whom he appeared frequently in concerts


and was the Musical director of the Manchester Jewish


Theatre Group for whom he directed many major


Broadway shows. He also established a successful


wedding music organisation, incorporating a choir and


instrumental ensembles. Paul appeared in cabaret with


international film actor Ron Moody (Fagin in the film


Oliver).


 


On emigrating to Israel in 2000, Paul worked in


the Jerusalem school of Cantorial studies as choir


conductor, accompanist and coach and formed the adult


orchestra in Gush Etzion. He became the founding


Musical director of the Capitol Music Theatre for whom he


directed two major productions. Work with the Jerusalem


English-speaking Theatre saw several productions under


his direction and the establishment of a working


partnership with Robert Binder, with whom he directed


several major Gilbert & Sullivan productions for the


company. He also established the New Savoy Orchestra


and acted as Musical director for several productions


given by the Beit Hillel University Theatre Workshop.


 


In 2007, Paul was the joint founder of the Encore


Educational Theatre together with Robert Binder and has


conducted several highly acclaimed productions of Gilbert


& Sullivan operas and Broadway classics. He conducted


the Israel Chamber Orchestra in two concerts


(in 2006 and 2007) with the Encore Theatre Company in


the Tel Aviv Museum. He has re-arranged orchestral


music for major shows on several occasions and


continues to act as Musical director for Encore Theatre


and for Bet Hillel productions.


In 2004, Paul conducted the National Festival Orchestra


in two operas by Sullivan at the Buxton Opera House


in Buxton, UK, as part of the International Gilbert &


Sullivan Festival and gave a piano lecture recital of


Sullivan’s music. Between 2005-2006 he studied


symphonic conducting with Maestros Yvgeny Tsirlin and


Mendi Rodan at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and


Dance.


 


As a pianist, Paul was awarded a high commendation as


a “distinguished” pianist in a competition for new


immigrants held in 2003. Paul has accompanied singers


in various light music concerts around Israel, notably in


the Bible Lands Museum Saturday night Concert Series


in Jerusalem.


Paul took on the role of conductor and Musical Director of


the Jerusalem Cantors’ Choir in 2014 and has directed


them in concerts in Israel, Hungary, Poland and Germany


with a tour of Italy planned for the summer of 2016.


 


Paul has composed many songs, one of which was


awarded a Commended entry in the Adult Contemporary


category in the UK Songwriting Contest of 2011.


In 2004 he composed a musical for a high school which


was followed by an opera, written together with Robert


Binder in 2007, entitled Keys to the City. The opera was


performed successfully on four separate occasions


in Jerusalem. He and Robert are currently working on an


opera commission on the subject of the Nili Spy Ring.


 


Paul plays at the British Embassy on regular occasions


and gives solo piano recitals (specialising in the romantic


repertoire, particularly Chopin). He was the solo pianist for


The Pianist, a dramatic stage adaptation of Wladislaw


Spielman’s book. He frequently gives illustrated lectures


on subjects ranging from Beethoven to Broadway. In June


2016 he is scheduled to perform Anton Rubinstein’s


demanding virtuoso Fourth Piano Concerto with the


Emeritus Orchestra in two concerts in Tel Aviv.

 

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