"LIFT challenges the sonic limits of the string quartet...
this piece is a must-hear."
Osaka Yomiuri TV
"Wiancko...create[s] vital pieces that avoid the predictable."
Allan Kozinn, former NY Times critic
"So full of earthy vitality and sheer sensual pleasure that it made you happy to be alive."
Washington Post

"Incredible artistry"
Boston Musical Intelligencer

"Extraordinary cello-playing"
Jewish Journal of L.A.

"Fresh and full-blooded"
Washington Post
"Ayane & Paul gave a rich-hued account...deftly established its precision and energy"
Allan Kozinn, former NY Times critic
"So light and graceful it was nearly weightless, with detailed and utterly transparent playing."
Washington Post
"Paul's voice is a shade above a whisper. His music is sure and defined."
Los Angeles Times
"Surprising, fun, fresh, and even innovative."
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Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator.

While earning cello performance degrees at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School with Ronald Leonard, Paul won top prizes at several international cello competitions which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and to Brazil where he performed the Shostakovich Concerto with the Bahia Symphony at the Teatro Nacional.

Leading a double life, Paul converted his dorm room into a production studio and began arranging and recording strings for local underground punk bands, eventually leading to collaborations with bands like Pennywise, Veruca Salt, and Yellowcard. In 2007, Paul had the honor of performing "At Last" with Etta James at the Hollywood Bowl, and has since appeared on numerous film scores and albums, including Chick Corea's Hot House, which won a Grammy in 2013. Ever the versatile musician and improviser, Paul has toured and performed extensively with Chick Corea, Max Richter, and Jóhann Jóhannsson while working closely with them on arrangements.

An avid 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). Paul has had the pleasure of performing chamber music alongside Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Nico Muhly, and members of the Guarneri, Takács, Kronos, JACK, Parker, and Juilliard quartets, among many others. in 2009, Paul joined the award-winning Harlem String 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 dynamic viola/cello duo Ayane & Paul, as well as the folk-inspired Bird's Eye Trio, and tours regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

Winner of the S&R Foundation's Washington Award for Composition, Paul's own music has been described as "dazzling" (Star Tribune) and "vital pieces that avoid the predictable" (Allan Kozinn), in which "gestural stabs and interlocking melodies swirl and gel, revealing a wealth of colors and textures" (Pop Matters). Paul has been commissioned by the Aizuri, Parker, St. Lawrence, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, Met soprano Susanna Phillips, violinist Alexi Kenney, violist Ayane Kozasa, Banff Centre, Bargemusic, and the Raleigh Civic Symphony, and has been invited to be the composer-in-residence at the Caramoor, Spoleto, Twickenham, Newburyport, Portland, and Methow Valley Festivals.

Paul performs on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Though cello was his first love, Paul also enjoys playing guitar, bass, violin, viola, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin. He is passionate about woodworking and hiking, and never travels without a tenkara fly-fishing rod.

With Chick Corea at the Blue Note
With EL VY on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Photo: Leonardo Ramirez
With Dawn of Midi at the Ecstatic Music Festival
Photo: Charina Pitzel
With Terry Riley at National Sawdust
Lutoslawski Concerto with Polish Radio Symphony
With Mark Morris Dance Group
Photo: Charina Pitzel
With Chick Corea and Gary Burton
Photo: Leonardo Ramirez

Bent City Cello, electronics, orchestra
2008, 10'
Talk Cello duo
2010, 6'
Buffalo Dies with Grace Cello quartet
2010, 5'
Toy Bricks ❖ Violin, 2 celli, bass
2013, 8'
Strange Beloved Land ❖ String quartet
2013, 18'
A Sanguine Clockwork ❖ Violin, viola, cello
2013, 9'
Ice Caves Violin, 2 celli, piano
2013, 15'
Merry Gentleman's Dream 5-str violin, rhode
2013, 5'
Breathe Cello duo
2014, 6'
American Haiku ❖ Viola & cello
2015, 10'
Our Rusty Planet Solo piano
2015, 7'
cicada songs Soprano, quartet, bassoon
2015, 15'
Busy Signals 10 partially buried pianos
2015, 8'
thous&ths Mixed sextet (yMusic)
2015, 8'
LIFT ❖ String quartet
2016, 25'
Heartlock Original Film Soundtrack
2016, 110'
Closed Universe Solo cello, piano quartet, glockenspiel
2016, 7'
Sonata for Viola & Piano
Buoyant Forces
Viola, piano
2017, 24'
Cello Quartet Op. 1
When the Night
4 celli
2017, 8'
Death Leaves a Cluttered City Full orchestra (3d1, 2, 2, 2 - 4, 3, 3, 1, timp, 4 perc, hp, pno, str)
2018, 10'
Vox Petra 2 violas, 2 celli
2018, 10'

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Shaker Barn Music
Collaboration with Anna & Elizabeth
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Emerald City Music
With Kristin Lee, Bella Hristova, Ayane Kozasa, Daxun Zhang, and JP Jofre
Wiancko: American Haiku, Bottesini, Piazzolla
Seattle, WA
Emerald City Music
Wiancko: American Haiku, Bottesini, Piazzolla
Olympia, WA
Pioneer Works Performance
feat. Grey McMurray and Andrew Yee
7PM @ Pioneer Works
Brooklyn, NY
Max Richter feat. ACME
Sep 28: Atlanta, GA
Sep 30: Athens, GA
Oct 2: Seattle, WA
Oct 5: Berkeley, CA
Oct 9: Montreal, CAN
Oct 10: Amherst, MA
Oct 11: Boston, MA
Oct 13: Miami, FL
Oct 14: New York, NY
Portland Chamber Music Festival
Wiancko: Vox Petra for 2 Violas and 2 Celli

Ayane & Paul feat. Melissa Reardon and Raman Ramakrishnan
Portland, ME
Raleigh Civic Symphony
Wiancko: Death Leaves a Cluttered City

Peter Askim, director
Raleigh, NC
Bach Gamut Ensemble
8pm @ Church of the Holy Trinity
Philadelphia, PA
Ayane & Paul feat. Yuka Ishimaru, organ
Wiancko: American Haiku, Messiaen: Louange*, J.S. Bach: Chorale Prelude BWV 747*, Lutoslawski, Skold, Muhly (*Wiancko arr. for cello & pipe organ)
Kanagawa Prefecture Hall
Yokohama, Japan
Otaru Viola Festival
Wiancko: Vox Petra for 2 Violas & 2 Cellos
Kanagawa Prefecture Hall
Yokohama, Japan
Max Richter feat. ACME
Deutsche Grammophon Yellow Lounge
Tokyo, Japan
Max Richter feat. ACME
Blue Notebooks & Infra
Sumida Triphony Hall
Tokyo, Japan
IRIS Orchestra
7:30pm @ Georgetown Performing Arts Center
Georgetown, TN
Spoleto Festival USA
Composer-in-residence/guest cellist
Wiancko: New work for St. Lawrence String Quartet and James Austin Smith, oboe
and various other works

Charleston, SC
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival
Performances on June 20, 22, 27, & 29.
Twisp, WA

Chamber music workshop
Pebble Beach, CA
Banff: Evolution of the String Quartet
Faculty artist/composer
Wiancko: New work for the Eybler String Quartet

Banff, Canada