A musician with a broad and eclectic repertoire, Anglo-Canadian cellist Paul Marleyn tours regularly in Canada and has given numerous performances in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He participates frequently in international summer festivals, including those of Prussia Cove, Casalmaggiore, Leicester and Ottawa. He has appeared as soloist with many Canadian and European orchestras, and recital engagements have included London’s Wigmore Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Chicago’s Cultural Centre and Geneva’s Victoria Saal.
Born in England, Paul studied first with Robert Norris in London, and subsequently worked with David Strange at the Royal Academy of Music, Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. He holds a Master’s Degree and Artist Diploma and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Since 2000 Paul has been President and Artistic Director of the Agassiz Summer Festival and in 2006 joined the Hochelaga Piano Trio, which is currently recording a series of CDs of French music for ATMA. He has already made several CDs as soloist and chamber musician, garnering such review comments as, “emotionally intense, physically big-boned,” (Gramophone Magazine), and a “fine cellist with astute command of style and formidable technique,” (Strad Magazine). Having a special interest in new music, Paul has commissioned many cello works and has been a frequent guest in contemporary ensembles worldwide.
A laureate of the Royal Overseas League International Competition in London, he has received national and international awards, including grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Canada Council and the Royal Society of Arts. From 1993-97, he was Principal Cellist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, similarly of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra from 1997 to 2000, and from 1997 to 2004 he taught at the University of Manitoba. In 2004, he became Professor of Cello at the University of Ottawa.
In April this year, in Ottawa, he masterminded a hugely successful massed-cello tribute in memory of Slava Rostropovich, who died one year ago.