Paul Zaborac is a versatile saxophonist, composer, and educator. Born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1987, he began studying the saxophone at the age of 11. In 2006 he attended Simpson College to study music and received a bachelor of music degree in music education in 2010. He then proceeded to obtain a master of music degree in saxophone performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012 where he was the recipient of the prestigious Albert Scholarship for Postgraduates and served as a research assistant. Paul is also active as a performer and educator, having regularly taught and performed throughout the United States and in Australia. Well versed in both classical and jazz saxophone, he brings a unique and diverse set of skills to his performances on the instrument.
This unique combination of skills is displayed in the original compositions on his debut album Actualize (2012) where he explores how the saxophone can be used as an accompaniment instrument in improvised music. This original approach to the saxophone draws upon the many extended techniques available to the saxophone and explores the performance potential of the instrument in improvised music.
In 2011 Paul had the opportunity to perform internationally in China and Hong Kong with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Saxophone Quartet. Paul has also performed at the biennial conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in 2010 and 2008, which included performing on a masterclass for Jean-Michel Goury. He has also made soloist appearances with the Simpson College Symphonic Wind Ensemble as a winner of the concerto competition in 2007 and 2009 and has toured the American Midwest with the Simpson College Saxophone Quartet (2008). Paul has also shared the stage with notable jazz musicians such as Chad Eby, Stockton Helbing, Paul McKee, and Michael Dease.