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



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



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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