Cellist Paul Dwyer brings to life everything from early music on baroque cello to brand new works by young composers.  He is a prize-winner of numerous competitions, and is the recipient of the Javits Fellowship and Presser Award.  Paul has appeared as soloist and chamber musician at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, and has performed chamber music with pianist Menahem Pressler and artist-faculty of the Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival.  Paul is a founding member of the Diderot String Quartet, the ACRONYM Ensemble and The Colonials, and appears with ensembles such as Apollo's Fire, Handel & Haydn Society and Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra.

Paul holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. '07) and the University of Michigan (D.M.A. '12), where he studied with Richard Aaron. As a Fulbright Fellow, Paul studied privately with Anner Bylsma and Frances-Marie Uitti in Amsterdam.  He recently completed additional graduate studies in historical performance at The Juilliard School.

He is the assistant principal cellist of the Chicago Lyric Opera.

 

Hometown and places lived? 

Where I lay my head is home.  Born in Munster, Indiana, but moved at age 5 months, lived in Vienna 8 years, Munich 11 years, Oberlin, Ohio 4 years, Ann Arbor, Michigan 3 years, Amsterdam 1 year, Brooklyn 3 years and counting!

Instruments played? 

Cello, baroque cello, viola da gamba

What music turns you on?

String Quartets, 'Kottos' by Xenakis, The Beatles, Crosby, Stills & Nash (not Young), Charles Mingus, Metallica, Classic Rock... and many others!

Pre-concert ritual?

Drink water.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.

Favorite drink post concert?  

Nice, cold German beer.