Paul is from Augusta, GA, where he studied the Suzuki Violin Method from the age of three until graduating high school from Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. At Davidson, he was concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra and began leading various string quartets, playing for weddings, banquets, and chamber concerts. He graduated from UNCA’s Music Technology program in 2008 with distinction in music tech & music theory, playing in the University Scholarship Quartet for all 8 semesters, jazz combos for 4, and extracurricular bluegrass throughout.
Paul played fiddle and sung in the bluegrass band Bear Down Easy for six years, jazz violin in the gypsy swing quartet Dark Eyes, and currently plays in the tango quintet Los Abrojitos and Bella Corda string quartet. Paul plays regularly with the Asheville Symphony, Brevard Philharmonic, serving as principal second violinist, and Hendersonville Symphony, where he is also stage manager. He additionally subs with Spartanburg Philharmonic, Johnson City Symphony, Symphony Augusta, Western Piedmont Symphony (Hickory), Symphony Of The Mountains (Kingsport), and Blue Ridge (Community) Orchestra.
“I have no strict agenda of my own in lessons. I believe in teaching the student that in which he or she is interested in order to motivate themselves. Tapping into that dynamic makes my job easier. When more guidance is needed, I believe aural training and the tradition of playing by ear is fundamental to playing music.
My roots are in Suzuki training, but I know it is not infallible nor is it the only way to craft a great musician. Knowledge of music theory, reading, and style enables a player to see the big musical picture themselves, as it did for myself, especially in playing fiddle.”