"LIFT challenges the sonic limits of the string quartet...
this piece is a must-hear."
Osaka Yomiuri TV
"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
"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 took advantage of his time in Los Angeles by converting his dorm room into a production studio. There, he created arrangements and recorded strings for bands such as Yellowcard and Veruca Salt, and worked with the producers of numerous other artists including Pennywise, U2, and Pearl Jam. Paul's productions, which range from experimental orchestral arrangements to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums, commercials and films. Ever the versatile musician and improviser, Paul has toured and performed extensively with Chick Corea, while working closely with him on arrangements. Paul appears on his album Continents, as well as Hot House, which won a Grammy in 2013. He has also recorded with Grammy-winner Joe Cocker, and appeared with jazz greats Etta James at the Hollywood Bowl and Stanley Clarke at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Paul spent many summers nurturing his love for chamber music at the Aspen, Perlman, Olympic, and Marlboro Music Festivals, where he performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Ysaye Quartets. He has also had the pleasure of performing with Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Wiley and Richard Goode, among many others. After moving to New York 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-based Bird's-Eye Trio, and tours regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).

One of Paul's first large-scale compositions was a highly virtuosic concerto for cello, orchestra, and electronics. Entitled "Tales From Bent City," the piece blends Paul's passion for hip-hop and improvisation with his love of the great 19th century late-romantic composers, and its New York premiere was hailed by Sequenza21 as "surprising, fun, fresh, and innovative." Paul has since composed works for the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, Met Opera soprano Susanna Phillips, cellist Judith Serkin, violist Ayane Kozasa, yMusic, Boston Cello Quartet, Bargemusic, and many others, and has been the composer-in-residence at the Twickenham, Newburyport, and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals. Paul recently completed composing the score for the new prison-drama feature film Heartlock, as well as a Mars-exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by scientist and NASA project leader Dr. Peter Smith. He was Caramoor's commissioned composer for the summer of 2016.

Paul plays on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and spends his spare time woodworking, fly-fishing, and practicing guitar, bass, violin, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin. [plain text bio]

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

Tales from 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'
Maniacal Swing
from LIFT ❖
String quartet
2016, 1'
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'

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Works & Process with Nico Muhly
Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY
Red Barn Chamber Music
Schulhoff Duo, Schubert Cello Quintet
3PM @ Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn
West Liberty, IA
Ayane & Paul duo concert
Chamber Music in Our Homes
Philadelphia, PA
The Knights with Avi Avital & Kinan Azmeh
Ithaca, NY; Santa Monica, CA; Santa Barbara, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Goshen, IN; Bloomington, IN
IRIS Orchestra
Germantown Performing Arts Center
Germantown, TN
Gamut Bach Ensemble
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
8PM @ Church of the Holy Trinity
Philadelphia, PA
Baroque Concert with Ayane Kozasa and Koji Otsuki
1PM @ Takatsu Church
Tokyo, Japan
Ayane & Paul
Union Pool
Brooklyn, NY
Performance with Pauchi Sasaki
Deutsches Theater
Berlin, Germany
Aizuri Quartet performs Wiancko: LIFT
7PM @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
SLEEP with Max Richter and ACME
Austin, TX
SLEEP with Max Richter and ACME
Austin, TX
SLEEP with Max Richter and ACME
Shed 10, Queens Wharf
Auckland, New Zealand
Evermay Chamber Music Series
With Ayane Kozasa, Jennifer Curtis & Amy Yang
Washington, DC
Bird's Eye Trio
Mallarme Chamber Concerts
Carrboro, NC
Ayane & Paul
Rutgers University
Camden, NJ
The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc for 10 cellos
7:30PM @ The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC
NDSU Chamber Music Festival
With Grace Park and Alice Yoo
Fargo, ND
Piedmont Chamber Music Festival
Piedmont, CA
Piedmont Chamber Music Festival
Piedmont, CA
Emerald City Music
Wiancko: American Haiku
Seattle, WA