Recently described as a 'brilliant young pianist' (Alyn Shipton, The Guardian), Paul has been performing and composing for as long as he can remember. Growing up in County Durham, he studied the Piano, Flute and Composition. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the London College of Music in 2003, where he graduated in 2006 with a BMus (Hons) Composition (first class).
Since moving back to the North East, he has quickly become established as a familiar figure on the North East Jazz circuit, playing in several groups and often supporting touring soloists. He has toured nationally and performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK, and he is in high demand as a sight reader, accompanist and MD. In 2012 Paul completed a PhD in Composition at the University of York. In the same year his sextet released their debut album, 'There Will Be Time'. This has since gone on to receive critical acclaim (making the Jazzwise Album of the Year list, 2012) and has been broadcast both on Radio 3 and in the USA.
Paul writes about his experience at LCM
'I finished my degree in 2006. Whilst at LCM I had the opportunity to study with some of the finest musicians in the UK. I enrolled on the BMus program to study composition. From the off, I went along to the jazz workshops and big band led by Pete Cook alongside regular lectures on music history, musicianship and one to one tutorials and group seminars with outstanding and inspirational composers and lecturers (including Francis Pott and Robert Sholl). Whilst at LCM I also met some outstanding student instrumentalists. We're still in regular contact and continue to collaborate as musicians.
I lived near Ealing Broadway (a 20 minute walk from the college) I would often make the easy trip into central London to make the most of the concerts and culture on offer. Ealing has it's own major jazz festival and there are numerous concerts that take place in West London, including Vestry Hall (home of LCM concerts). In my 3rd year at college I established the Composers' Society and took the opportunity to stage regular concerts of new music by students and staff, gaining valuable experience in the dark art of promotion.'
You can find out more about Paul at www.pauledis.co.uk.