NEWS: Wiancko one of Washington Post's 22 for '22 / Joins faculty of Green Lake Festival / Composer for 2022 ProMusicis Cello Competition

"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."
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."
Washington Post
"Fresh and full-blooded"
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."
Washington Post
"The perfect musical message
for our time."
Shelter Island Reporter
"LIFT teems with understanding of
and affection for the string
quartet tradition."
New York Times
"So light and graceful it was.--....
nearly weightless, with........
detailed and utterly.....
transparent playing."....
Washington Post
scores available at
❖ wiancko editions.com→
Photos: Dario Acosta

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).

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 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
EL VY on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert
[Photo: Leonardo Ramirez]
OWLS [Photo: Ashley Gellman]
Brightwave + Dawn of Midi at the Ecstatic Music Festival
[Photo: Charina Pitzel]
Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the 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

SOLO
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'

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

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

QUARTET
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'

QUINTET
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'

SEXTET +
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'

ORCHESTRA
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




JAN 14, 2022
Brooklyn, NY
BROOKLYN CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Brooklyn First Unitarian Church @ 8:00PM. With Tara O'Connor (fl), Carmit Zori (vln), Daniel Phillips (vln), and Paul Watkins (vc). Works by Boccherini, Beach, and Onslow.


MAR 4, 2022
Brooklyn, NY
OWLS @ THE OWL MUSIC PARLOR
Owls is a quartet featuring Alexi Kenney (vln), Ayane Kozasa (vla), Gabriel Cabezas (vc), and Paul Wiancko (vc). Works by Chick Corea, Paul Wiancko, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, and Terry Riley.


MAR 15, 2022
Macon, GA
MCDUFFIE CENTER
Fickling Hall @ 7:30PM. With Amy Moretti (vln), Annie Fullard (vln), Ayane Kozasa (vla), Kyung-A Yoo (pno), and the young artists of the McDuffie Center for Strings. Multiple works by Paul Wiancko, Schubert Quintet, and Strauss.


MAR 21, 2022
New York, NY
PROMUSICIS COMPETITION
Guest judge and composer for the 2022 ProMusicis Competition. Paul will be writing the requisite work to be performed by the finalists.


MAR 24, 2022
New York, NY
METLIVEARTS WITH MATTHEW EVAN TAYLOR
Metropolitan Museum of Art @ 7:00PM. Ayane & Paul join composer/saxaphonist Matthew Evan Taylor, Metropolis Ensemble, and RAJAS.


APR 14, 2022 - POSTPONED
San Clemente, CA
AYANE & PAUL @ CASA ROMANTICA
The duo's first ever performance in Paul's hometown. Works by Wiancko, Greenstein, Shaw, Lutoslawski, Clarke, Bach, and more.


APR 21, 2022
Seattle, WA
ACME PLAYS THE MUSIC OF JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON
The Moore Theater @ 7:30PM.


MAY 3, 2022
Ogden, UT
EIGHTH BLACKBIRD
The Monarch @ 7:30PM. Paul joins 8BB as guest cellist. Works by Akiho, Cuong, Eastman, Wolfe, and more.


MAY 5, 2022
Brooklyn, NY
AYANE & PAUL @ LOOK + LISTEN FESTIVAL
The Invisible Dog Arts Center. Works by Wiancko and Greenstein.


MAY 11, 2022
Philadelphia, PA
GAMUT BACH ENSEMBLE
Church of the Holy Trinity @ 7:30PM. Koji Otsuki, director. Bach BWV 33, 51, 12, and selected cantatas.


MAY 17, 2022
New York, NY
CENTRAL CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
Central Presbyterian Church @ 7:30PM. Works by Jessie Montgomery and Dvorak.


MAY 23 - JUN 6, 2022
Charleston, SC
SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
Paul joins Geoff Nuttall & friends for two weeks of chamber music performances at the Dock Street Theater. Programs to include Wiancko's "Tiny Doors to Big Worlds" and "X Suite."


JUN 8, 2022
New York, NY
NY PHIL'S NIGHTCAP SERIES FEAT. AYANE & PAUL
Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center @ 9:00PM. Hosted by Nadia Sirota and curated by Sarah Kirkland Snider. Judd Greenstein's K'Zohar Harakia.


JUN 17 - 26, 2022
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.


JUN 27 - JUL 7, 2022
Banff, AB
EVOLUTION: CLASSICAL 2022 @ 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 22, 2022
Halifax, Nova Scotia
CECILIA CONCERTS
Collaborative chamber performance with Silvie Cheng (pno), Brian Cheng (vc), and Andrew Yee (vc).




Recent Collaborations


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
composition: "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
composition: "LIFT"


Aaron Roche: HaHa HuHu
arrangement, cello





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