Paul Laraia

Paul L.

New York, NY
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Violist Paul is an established professional concert violist of the highest order in solo, chamber music, and orchestral performance. First prize winner of the most recent Tertis International Viola Competition, Paul has performed concertos with the major Symphony Orchestras of Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New Haven, New Jersey, Nashville, and Bogotá, as well as recitals in London at the Wigmore Hall, and at the 40th International Viola Congress held at Eastman School of Music.

Paul's chamber music life includes over 7 years with the Grammy Award winning Catalyst Quartet, as well as guest appearances around the globe in the major venues of Europe, South Korea, Hong Kong, Moscow, Macau, and New York's own Carnegie Hall.

Paul also enjoys performing with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as guest musician, from time to time.

Paul is dedicated to passing on the knowledge and skill he has inherited and developed to the younger generations. Interested students should be serious in their love of music, dedication to incremental improvement, and expect a rigorous but taylor made approach to creating music through emotion and mastery of technique.

About Paul L.

1st Prize winner of the 13th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the 14th Sphinx Competition, violist Paul is enjoying a major international career as soloist and chamber musician. Acclaimed for offering “long lines with lyricsm and poise”, Paul has been soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Filharmonica de Bogata, New Jersey Symphony, Nashville Symphony, New Haven Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a principal member of the internationally acclaimed Sejong Soloists and as the violist of the Grammy Award winning Catalyst Quartet, Paul has given hundreds of performances globally in venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, the Kennedy Center in DC, Seoul Arts Center, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series. Paul has been an invited artist at major festivals such as the Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Vail International Dance, Festival Del Sole, incheon music hic et nunc!, Hong Kong Generation Next Arts, Macau International, Sitka, Banff, Grand Canyon, and Cornell’s “Mayfest”, where he has performed with artists such as Gil Shaham, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Jorg Widmann, Vadim Repin, Edgar Meyer, Donald Weilerstein, Anthony Marwood, and Paul Huang.

Paul comes from a Philadelphian viola lineage, having studied with Brynina Socolofsky, the disciple of pedagogue Leonard Mogill, and then with Choon-jin Chang (Principal viola, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Che-hung Chen, under scholarship through Temple University’s Center for Talented Youth and the Settlement Music School in South Philadelphia. In 2007, Paul entered the New England Conservatory of Music with full merit scholarship and began the most central stage of his training under Kim Kashkashian for 4 years, making musical friends and colleagues that continue to influence him to this day. Paul then studied with Canadian viola legend, Steven Dann at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto for post grad work.

Paul believes that it is crucial to expose the highest level of classical music to all people, and actively engages in outreach performances, gives masterclasses, performs new music, and explores the boundaries of how classical music is traditionally presented. In the Catalyst Quartet, Paul has brought music to inner city schools, Native American Reservations, hospitals, nursing homes, and has presented concerts to areas and communities with limited access.


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BM Viola
Sep 2007 - Dec 2012

New England Conservatory of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


First Prize
Apr 2019

Tertis International Viola Competition

Grammy Award
Feb 2017

Grammy Awards

First Prize
Feb 2011

Sphinx Competition

Honors Ensemble
Oct 2007

New England Conservatory of Music


American Viola Society
Jan 2007
The American Viola Society is a nonprofit organization of viola enthusiasts, including students, performers, teachers, scholars, composers, makers, and friends, who seek to encourage excellence in performance, pedagogy, research, composition, and lutherie. United in our commitment to promote the viola and its related activities, the AVS fosters communication and friendship among violists of all skill levels, ages, nationalities, and backgrounds.

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