"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

- 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 is an acclaimed composer and cellist. The Washington Post describes Wiancko as “a restless and multifaceted talent who plays well with others”—a reference to his substantial collaborations with artists like Max Richter, Chick Corea, Norah Jones, Arcade Fire, and The National. “Even with this chronically collaborative spirit,” the Post continues, “Wiancko maintains a singular voice as a composer.” In 2023, Paul was named Director of Chamber Music at Spoleto Festival USA.

Photos: Dario Acosta

As cellist of the internationally-celebrated Kronos Quartet, Wiancko regularly appears on the world's foremost stages—including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican, and the Sydney Opera House. Wiancko first collaborated with the Kronos Quartet in 2018 when he was invited to compose a piece for 50 For The Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, and soon after toured with the quartet as guest cellist. Upon officially joining the group in 2023, violinist and Kronos artistic director David Harrington stated, "We look forward to soaring into the future with the catalytic, super-charged vitality of Paul’s playing. It will be so much fun to explore the vast world of music together with Paul.”

A serial chamber musician, Wiancko is a founding member of the viola and cello duo Ayane & Paul, as well as Owls, a quartet-collective dubbed a “dream group” by The New York Times. He has shared the stage with many of today’s most prominent artists, including Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, Terry Riley, Caroline Shaw, and members of the Emerson, Guarneri, St. Lawrence, and JACK quartets. From 2009 to 2011, he was cellist of the Harlem Quartet, with whom he performed and taught extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Africa.

Wiancko’s own music has been described as everything from “dazzling” and “compelling” (Star Tribune) to “joyous, riotous” and “delicate” (NY Times). 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” (NY Times) and is featured on the Aizuri Quartet’s Grammy-nominated album, Blueprinting. Wiancko is a recipient of the S&R Foundation’s Washington Award for composition, and was named one of The Washington Post's “22 for ‘22: Composers and Performers to Watch.” He has served as composer-in-residence at Spoleto Festival USA, Music from Angel Fire, Portland Chamber Music Festival, Caramoor, and the Banff Centre, and has composed works for the St. Lawrence, Kronos, Aizuri, Parker, Calder, and Attacca Quartets, yMusic, Alisa Weilerstein, Alexi Kenney, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and many others.

In addition to a full performance and composition schedule, Wiancko is a dedicated teacher, mentor, and advocate for music education at all levels. He has taught at the St. Lawrence Chamber Music Seminar, Festival del Lago, and the Banff Centre, and is regularly invited to give masterclasses at institutions including Stanford, Peabody, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Wiancko’s commitment to supporting future generations of performers and composers has led him to assist in the development of forward-thinking programs like Evolution Classical at the Banff Centre and the Green Lake Chamber Music Institute.

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
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'
Waterworks Solo violin
2023, 4'

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

A Sanguine Clockwork Violin, viola, cello
2013, 9'
Disintegration Lullabies Flute, violin, double bass
2019, 9'
Clouds of Gill Clarinet, violin, cello
2021, 15'
Piano Trio Piano, violin, cello
2023, 22'

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 Modular string quartet (up to septet)
2020, 7'
Available from Kronos Quartet's 50 for the Future
Purple Antelope Space Squeeze String quartet
2021, 11'
CLIMB String quartet
2021, 15'

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'

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'
Only Ever Us Modular string quartet (up to septet)
2020, 7'
Available from Kronos Quartet's 50 for the Future
Distant Maneuvers for Present Music Violin, cello, clarinet, flute, piano, percussion
2024, 12'

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

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

❖ these scores available at

JUL 28-29, 2023
North Adams, MA
Bang on a Can's LOUD Festival @ MASS MoCA

JUL 31-AUG 4, 2023
Banff, Canada
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.

AUG 6, 2023
Santa Cruz, CA
Cabrillo Festival

AUG 9-13, 2023
La Jolla, CA
Paul joins Inon Barnatan, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Alisa Weilerstein, and the Takács Quartet to perform American Haiku and Closed Universe, as well as works by Beach, Klein, and Dvorak.

AUG 26-SEP 8, 2023
AUG 26: San Francisco, CA
Golden Gate Park Bandshell
SEP 7-8: Bogotá, Colombia
Teatro Colsubsidio

SEP 17, 2023
San Francisco, CA
Paul joins Owen Dalby, Tara Helen O'Connor, Lesley Robertson, Tony Manzo, and Stephen Prutsman to perform Schubert's Trout Quintet and Prutsman's original score to Buster Keaton's "Seven Chances"

SEP 24-OCT 21, 2023
SEP 24: Gualala, CA
Gualala Arts Center
OCT 10: Cincinatti, OH
Memorial Hall
OCT 11: Indianapolis, IN
Schrott Center for the Arts
OCT 15: Katowice, Poland
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall
OCT 17: Antwerp, Belgium
Blauwe Zaal, De Singel
OCT 19: Budapest, Hungary
Bela Bartok National Concert Hall
OCT 21: London, UK
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre

OCT 28, 2023
Ivins, UT
Center for the Arts at Kayenta. "Joe Rainey, who blends Pow Wow singing with dynamic electronics, is joined by supergroup string ensemble Owls for a world premiere collaboration."

NOV 3-15, 2023
NOV 3: Carnegie Hall, NY
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium
NOV 5: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cecilia Concerts
NOV 8: Champaign-Urbana, IL
Krannert Center
NOV 9: West Lafayette, IN
Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center
NOV 11: Washington, DC
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
NOV 13: Pittsburgh, PA
PNC Theater, Pittsburgh Playhouse
NOV 15: Monterrey, Mexico
Auditorio Luis Elizondo

JAN 12-27, 2024
JAN 12: Paris, France
Philharmonie de Paris
JAN 13: Paris, France
Philharmonie de Paris
JAN 16: Istanbul, Turkey
Is Sanat Concert Hall
JAN 18: Bristol, UK
Beacon Hall
JAN 20: Lyon, France
Grande Salle
JAN 27: Stanford, CA
Bing Concert Hall

JAN 31-FEB 1, 2024
Milwaukee, WI
Present Music
World premiere of new sextet by Paul and new cello quartet by Pamela Z. Also featuring Paul's American Haiku, Closed Universe, and When the Night.

FEB 22-APR 28, 2024
FEB 22: Tucson, AZ
Centennial Hall
FEB 23: Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Center
MAR 2: Berkeley, CA
Cal Performances
MAR 8: La Jolla, CA
La Jolla Music Society
MAR 9: Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka Performing Arts Center
MAR 17: Providence, RI
Brown University w/ Tanya Tagaq
MAR 19: Santa Fe, NM
Lensic Performing Arts Center
MAR 21: West Lafayette, IN
Purdue Convocations
MAR 23: Knoxville, TN
Big Ears
APR 4: Rohnert Park, CA
Green Music Center
APR 9: Beaverton, OR
Portland Friends of Chamber Music
APR 11: Seattle, WA
The Moore Theater
APR 13: Houston, TX
Jones Hall
APR 16: New York, NY
Town Hall w/ Ghost Train Orchestra
APR 18: Washington, DC
Library of Congress
APR 27: Santa Barbara, CA
UCSB Campbell Hall
APR 28: Los Angeles, CA
Royce Hall

MAY 9-21, 2024
MAY 9: Toronto, Canada
Royal Conservatory of Music
MAY 12: Dublin, Ireland
National Concert Hall
MAY 14: Hamburg, Germany
MAY 15: Vienna, Austria
Wiener Konzerthaus
MAY 17: Zürich, Switzerland
MAY 19: Luxembourg
Philharmonie Luxembourg
MAY 21: Hanover, Germany
Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen

MAY 24-JUN 9, 2024
Charleston, SC
Paul's first season directing the Bank of America Chamber Music series at this world-class festival.


Recent Collaborations

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

Michael Torke

William Brittelle
Dido's Lament
Violin, viola, cello

Flock of Dimes
Like So Much Desire
Arrangement, cello

DM Stith
Waving 1-4
Arrangement, cello

Ecstatic Science
Composer (thous&ths)

Norah Jones
Pick Me Up Off the Floor
Arrangement, cello

Practice Magic and Seek
Professional Help When Necessary

Arrangement, cello

Wye Oak
The Louder I Call,
The Faster It Runs

Arrangement, cello

Aizuri Quartet
Composer (LIFT)

Aaron Roche
HaHa HuHu
Arrangement, cello