WIANCKO TO JOIN KRONOS QUARTET • OWLS HAILED AS "DREAM GROUP" BY NY TIMES • WIANCKO NAMED ONE OF WASHINGTON POST'S "22 FOR '22"
"If Haydn were alive to write a string
quartet today, it may sound something
like Paul Wiancko's LIFT."

- NPR Music
"Vital pieces that avoid the predictable."
- Allan Kozinn, NY Times critic
"Wiancko maintains a singular
voice as a composer."

- The Washington Post
"Incredible artistry."
- Boston Musical Intelligencer
"LIFT challenges the sonic
limits of the string quartet.
This piece is a must-hear."

- Osaka Yomiuri TV
"Extraordinary cello-playing."
- Jewish Journal of L.A.
"A restless and multifaceted talent
who plays well with others."

- The Washington Post
"Fresh and full-blooded"
- The Washington Post
"Ayane & Paul deftly established
its precision and energy"

- Allan Kozinn, NY Times critic
"So full of earthy vitality and sheer
sensual pleasure that it made you
happy to be alive."
- The Washington Post
"The perfect musical message
for our time."

- Shelter Island Reporter
"LIFT teems with understanding of
and affection for the string quartet
tradition."

- The New York Times
"So light and graceful it was nearly
weightless, with detailed and
utterly transparent playing."
- The Washington Post
scores available at
❖ wiancko editions.com→


Paul Wiancko was recently featured in The Washington Post’s “22 for ‘22: Composers and Performers to Watch” and called “a restless and multifaceted talent who plays well with others,” a reference to Paul’s collaborations with artists ranging from Max Richter, Nico Muhly, Chick Corea, and Norah Jones to members of the Emerson, Guarneri, JACK, and Kronos Quartets--to bands like Arcade Fire, The National, Dirty Projectors, and Wye Oak. “Even with this chronically collaborative spirit,” the Post continues, “Wiancko maintains a singular voice as a composer.” Chosen as one of Kronos Quartet’s “50 for the Future,” Paul’s own music has been described as “dazzling” and “compelling” (Star Tribune), and “vital pieces that avoid the predictable” (Allan Kozinn).

Photos: Dario Acosta

A serial chamber musician, Paul’s performances with Musicians From Marlboro have been described as "utterly transparent" and "so full of earthy vitality and sheer sensual pleasure that it made you happy to be alive" (Washington Post). In 2009, he joined the award-winning Harlem Quartet, with whom he spent 3 years performing and teaching extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Africa. Paul currently writes and performs as a member of the viola and cello duo Ayane & Paul and the quartet-collective “dream group” (New York Times) Owls.

Paul has been composer-in-residence at Spoleto Festival USA, Music From Angel Fire, Caramoor, Twickenham, and the Portland, Newburyport, and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals, and has composed works for the St. Lawrence, Kronos, Aizuri, Parker, Calder, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, Alexi Kenney, Tessa Lark, David Byrd Marrow, and many others. NPR writes, “If Haydn were alive to write a string quartet today, it may sound something like Paul Wiancko's LIFT”–a work that “teems with understanding of and affection for the string-quartet tradition” (New York Times) and is featured on the Aizuri Quartet’s Grammy-nominated album Blueprinting, one of NPR’s top 10 classical albums of 2018.

Paul Wiancko performs on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello and resides in Brooklyn, NY. He enjoys woodworking and never travels without a tenkara fishing rod.

The Blue Note with Chick Corea
Late Show with EL VY
[photo: Leonardo Ramirez]
Owls [photo: Ashley Gellman]
Ecstatic Music Festival with Dawn of Midi
[photo: Charina Pitzel]
Lutoslawski Concerto with Polish Radio Symphony
American Contemporary Music Ensemble
Ayane & Paul [photo: Ashley Gellman]
Max Richter's SLEEP
[photo: Charina Pitzel]
Jóhann Jóhannsson + ACME
[photo: Leonardo Ramirez]


Commissioned Works
SOLOS
Our Rusty Planet Solo piano
2015, 7'
X Suite Solo violin
2019, 15'
Reactor French horn & delay
2020, 6'
Sarabande Solo cello
2022, 5'
Microsuite Solo cello
2022, 6'
Allemande & Gigue Solo cello
2022, 8'

DUOS
American Haiku Viola & cello
2015, 10'
Viola Sonata: Buoyant Forces Viola & piano
2017, 24'
Cello Sonata: Shifting Baselines Cello & piano
2020, 22'

TRIOS
A Sanguine Clockwork Violin, viola, cello
2013, 9'
Disintegration Lullabies Flute, violin, double bass
2019, 9'
Clouds of Gill Clarinet, violin, cello
2021, 15'

QUARTETS
Toy Bricks Violin, 2 cellos, double bass
2013, 8'
Strange Beloved Land String quartet
2013, 18'
Ice Caves Violin, 2 cellos, piano
2013, 15'
LIFT String quartet
2016, 25'
When the Night 4 cellos
2017, 8'
Vox Petra 2 violas, 2 cellos
2018, 10'
Ode on a Broken Loom String quartet
2019, 10'
Benkei's Standing Death String quartet
2020, 13'
Only Ever Us String quartet
2020, 7'
Purple Antelope Space Squeeze String quartet
2021, 11'
CLIMB String quartet
2021, 15'

QUINTETS
Closed Universe Solo cello, violin, viola, cello/glockenspiel (doubling), piano
2016, 7'
Faults Oboe quintet (oboe & string quartet)
2019, 13'
Cities of Air Flute quintet (flute & string quartet)
2021, 10'
Tiny Doors to Big Worlds Cello quintet (2 violins, viola, 2 cellos)
2021, 22'
1+1+1+1+1 Viola quintet (solo viola & string quartet)
2022, 16'

SEXTETS +
cicada songs Soprano, string quartet, bassoon
2015, 15'
thous&ths Violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, trumpet
2015, 8'
Busy Signals 10 partially buried pianos
2015, 8'

ORCHESTRAL
Death Leaves a Cluttered City Full orchestra (3d1, 2, 2, 2 - 4, 3, 3, 1, timp, 4 perc, hp, pno, str)
2018, 10'

FILM
Heartlock Original Score Strings, percussion, voice, electronics, etc.
2016, 110'

❖ these scores available at
wianckoeditions.com




Announcement!
Paul will officially be joining the Kronos Quartet in February of 2023.

Full press release here.
JUN 27 - JUL 7, 2022
Banff, AB
EVOLUTION: CLASSICAL @ BANFF CENTRE
Paul joins the internationally-acclaimed faculty of this innovative artist development program for instrumentalists and vocalists interested in exploring and expanding the traditions and conventions that define their artistic practice.


JUL 9 - 24, 2022
Green Lake, WI
GREEN LAKE FESTIVAL CHAMBER MUSIC INSTITUTE
Paul joins Salley Koo (vln), Ayane Kozasa (vln/vla), and Elizabeth Oakes (vla) on the faculty of this summer program for college and graduate level violinists, violists, and cellists.


JUL 31 - AUG 15, 2022
Ajijic, MEXICO
FESTIVAL DEL LAGO
Paul joins the faculty of the Festival del Lago Academy of Music to teach lessons, coach chamber music, and perform.


AUG 19 - SEP 3, 2022
Angel Fire, NM
MUSIC FROM ANGEL FIRE
Paul joins Tara O'Connor (fl), Daniel Phillips (vln), and friends for 3 weeks of chamber music performances in Northern New Mexico.


OCT 17 + 18, 2022
New York, NY
OWLS @ BAC
Baryshnikov Arts Center presents 2 nights of Owls, Paul's quartet-collective with Alexi Kenney (vln), Ayane Kozasa (vla), and Gabriel Cabezas (vc). Works by Chick Corea, Paul Wiancko, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, and Terry Riley.


OCT 18, 2022
New York, NY
ORCH ST LUKE'S: CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
Merkin Hall @ 11:00am. "Strange Loops" and "Woman Holding a Balance" by Anna Clyne.


OCT 19, 2022
New York, NY
ORCH ST LUKE'S: CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
Carnegie Hall @ 8:00pm. "Strange Loops" and "Woman Holding a Balance" by Anna Clyne.


OCT 22, 2022
Halifax, Nova Scotia
CECILIA CONCERTS
Collaborative chamber performance with Silvie Cheng (pno), Brian Cheng (vc), and Andrew Yee (vc).


NOV 3, 2022
San Clemente, CA
AYANE & PAUL @ CASA ROMANTICA
The duo's first ever performance in Paul's hometown. World premiere of a work by Ledah Finck and music by Wiancko, Greenstein, Shaw, Lutoslawski, Bach, and more.


NOV 9, 2022
New York, NY
OWLS @ THE CRYPT
Church of the Intercession @ 7:30pm + 9:00pm. Owls performs two sets at Death of Classical's famed Crypt Sessions.


NOV 16, 2022
Baltimore, MD
PEABODY MASTERCLASS
Paul stops by Peabody Conservatory to teach a chamber music masterclass.


NOV 30, 2022
New York, NY
"MICROSUITE" WORLD PREMIERE AT CARNEGIE HALL
Alex Hersh, winner of the 2022 ProMusicis Cello Competition, premieres Paul Wiancko's new work for solo cello, Microsuite in Carnegie's Weill Hall @ 7:30pm.


JAN 20, 2023
Brooklyn, NY
PIANO TRIO WORLD PREMIERE @ BROOKLYN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Paul, Carmit Zori, and Shai Wosner give the world premiere Wiancko's new piano trio, a piece co-commissioned by BCMS and The Gryphon Trio.


JAN 29, 2023
Washington, DC
OWLS @ PHILLIPS COLLECTION
The Phillips Collection presents Owls @ 4:00pm. Works by Chick Corea, Paul Wiancko, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, and Terry Riley.


FEB 3, 2023
New York, NY
OWLS & JOE RAINEY @ ECSTATIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
Merkin Hall @ 7:30pm. "Joe Rainey, who blends Pow Wow singing with dynamic electronics, is joined by supergroup string ensemble Owls for a world premiere collaboration."


FEB 11, 2023
Iowa City, IA
KRONOS QUARTET
University of Iowa, Hadley Stage @ 7:30pm. Paul's first appearance as the official cellist of the Kronos Quartet. Program: "At War With Ourselves - 400 Years of You" by Michael Abels.


APR 1, 2023
Berkeley, CA
KRONOS QUARTET
Zellerbach Hall @ 8:00pm. Presented by Cal Performances. Program: Riley, Wu Man, Tan Dun.


MAY 14, 2023
Paris, France
KRONOS QUARTET
Grande Salle Pierre Boulez @ 4:00pm. Presented by Philharmonie de Paris. Program: "Sun Rings" by Terry Riley.


MAY 16, 2023
Berlin, Germany
KRONOS QUARTET
Pierre Boulez Saal @ 7:30pm. Program: "A Thousand Thoughts" by filmmaker Sam Green.


MAY 20, 2023
Berlin, Germany
KRONOS QUARTET
Pierre Boulez Saal @ 7:30pm. Program: Ali-Zadeh, Gubaidulina, Gordon, Riley, Crumb.


MAY 22 - JUN 11, 2023
Charleston, SC
SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
Paul joins Geoff Nuttall & friends for three weeks of chamber music performances at the Dock Street Theater.


JUN 24 - JUL 2, 2023
Palo Alto, CA
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET CHAMBER MUSIC SEMINAR
Paul joins SLSQ as a guest faculty member of this 10-day intensive for advanced students and passionate adult musicians.



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Recent Collaborations

Bergamot Quartet
In the Brink
Album producer, composer (Ode on a Broken Loom)


Michael Torke
Time
Cello


William Brittelle
Dido's Lament
Violin, viola, cello


Flock of Dimes
Like So Much Desire
Arrangement, cello


DM Stith
Waving 1-4
Arrangement, cello


yMusic
Ecstatic Science
Composer (thous&ths)


Norah Jones
Pick Me Up Off the Floor
Arrangement, cello


Tōth
Practice Magic and Seek
Professional Help When Necessary

Arrangement, cello


Wye Oak
The Louder I Call,
The Faster It Runs

Arrangement, cello


Aizuri Quartet
Blueprinting
Composer (LIFT)


Aaron Roche
HaHa HuHu
Arrangement, cello