Shaun Paul is a versatile cellist, performer, teacher and composer of contemporary music and music for film. He has studied extensively in composition, cello performance, improvisation and orchestral performance and holds a Bachelors of Music in cello performance from the University of Colorado. In 2004 Shaun began his career as a performing artist, composer and cello teacher. It was at this time that he began his own record label and founded Shaun Paul Productions, with the release of his first nationally and internationally distributed album, "A Path to Somewhere."
During four intense years of study in Colorado he had the opportunity to perform with the University of Colorado Symphony, the Aspen Music Festival Symphonia, the Henri Mancini Institute Jazz Orchestra at UCLA, the Hollywood Bowl with Diana Krall and the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute in Leavenworth, Washington. During this time he also performed with various string quartets and chamber groups varying in style from classical to jazz.
Shaun Paul has studied with such notable teachers as the former principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony, Raymond Davis; professor of cello at Michigan State University, Anthony Elliott, as well as cellists Antony Cooke, John Michel, Judith Glyde, and David Tonkonogui. In addition, he has performed in master classes given by world class cellists Lynn Harrell, Janos Starker, and Bernard Greenhouse and the Takacs String Quartet. His knowledge of the cello is derived from a 2nd generation lineage of notable masters including Leonard Rose.
Over the years he has contributed to various artists' music projects as co-producer, and recording artist. Notably he has served as a co-producer on nationally distributed albums produced by 7 time Emmy Award winning artist Tim Noah for Cherry Lane Music Publishing. He has also recorded with alumni of the Sundance Film Music Program and for the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.
Shaun Paul performs with local musicians and pianists covering a broad range of genres; everything from jazz, romantic, classical and popular styles to film music and original compositions. He can be found performing concerts as well as local and destination private events. During the summer he enjoys touring Seattle’s best attended arts festivals where he shares his music and spends time conversing with the locals. Past appearances have included the Bellevue Arts Festival and Edmonds Arts Festival.
His compositions span a wide range of styles and emotions and are eclectic and powerfully visual and emotional. His imaginative, emotional, and thought provoking melodies feature the cello and are accompanied by a wide range of instrumentation, very often the entire symphony orchestra. Shaun's music has received numerous accolades from those attending his live performances and is turning heads of film producers worldwide. Shaun says, "It is my intent through composition and performance, to unify people, promote peace and progress in this challenging and important time, and to contribute to the progress of humanity through music. I am inspired by my life experiences, my love for nature, and the beauty that surrounds us everyday. It is my dream to travel the world to help bring people together through understanding, compassion and tolerance. I am devoted to working with artists and organizations whose intentions are to inspire, enrich and serve their surrounding communities through vision, creative endeavors and service.”
In 2008 Shaun began supporting charitable and nonprofit organizations committed to positive social, environmental and global change through donations from public performance revenue and album sales. For each album sold, a contribution is made to the "Global Carbon Reduction Fund" offsetting approximately 62 pounds of carbon dioxide. You can learn more about the fund at www.carboncontrol.org. In addition Shaun has set up a fund for the charities he wishes to support through live performances. For every performance, 5% of revenue will be delegated to a variety of charities chosen on yearly bases. You can learn more about his performances at www.shaunpaulevents.com! View his current charities and causes at www.shaunpaul.com.
Shaun Paul's most recent album, "Everlasting" was written in the light of creating a better world. Shaun says, "I wrote this album as a response to the pace of society. It is a reflection inward, written from a place of hope for a better world to come. It is my wish that it gives you as much peace as it has for me and helps you along your journey in life. It is, simply put, "music inspired by the eternal, on-going and never ending mystery, encompassing the unknown and the beautiful truth of life." While writing this album he was commissioned to write a composition in memory of a special soul. The composition was titled 'For Ever.'
He is a member of ASCAP, the Seattle Composers Alliance, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Washington State Music Teachers Association. He is currently working on a new album, release date TBA! Stay tuned for updates.