Paul Marleyn (cello) has appeared as soloist and recitalist throughout Europe, Asia and North America, most notably in London’s Wigmore Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Chicago’s Cultural Centre, and Geneva’s Victoria Saal. In 1984 Paul was chosen for a BBC TV feature entitled Debut, and has subsequently performed regularly as soloist on WGBH radio in the US, CBC Radio in Canada, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 in the UK. He recorded Haydn’s D major Concerto for DRS TV in Switzerland in 1992, and subsequently embarked on a ten city Swiss Tour. He has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Belgrade Radio, Winnipeg Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, New Orchestra of Toronto, Manitoba Chamber and European Chamber orchestras. In 1993, his first disc Russian Cello Sonatas was released worldwide by United Records, and he has since recorded for RCA Victor and CBC Records.
An active chamber musician, Paul has appeared in the Chamber Music East, Prussia Cove, Cape Cod, Leicester International, Ottawa International and Norfolk chamber music festivals. Since 2000 he has been Artistic Director of the Agassiz Summer Music Festival and the Agassiz Chamber Players series in Winnipeg, Canada. Paul also has a special interest in new music, having been a frequent guest of the prestigious German group Ensemble Modern, the Winnipeg Du Maurier New Music Festival, and the Almeida, Lviv Contrasts and Donaueshinger festivals. Paul has commissioned new works by Bramwell Tovey, Kevin Volans, Michael Matthews, David Scott, Glenn Buhr, Jim Hiscott and Rodion Schedrin.
Paul is currently Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where he now makes his home. Paul values teaching very highly, and frequently gives masterclasses at the Royal Academy, Royal Northern College, Liverpool and Belgrade Universities in Europe, the universities of Western Ontario, Alberta and Lawrence in North America, and the Shen Yang, Jinan, and Xian Conservatories in Asia. In 1994 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, and in 2003 received a prestigious Career Development Grant from the Canada Council.
In 1985, after 3 years of study with David Strange at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Paul was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his studies privately with Yo Yo Ma in Boston, and with Lawrence Lesser at the New England Conservatory. He gained a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma before completing his training at Yale University with Aldo Parisot.
John Lenehan is one of Britain’s most experienced, versatile and sought after musicians. He made his Proms debut in 1996 playing Falla’s Harpsichord Concerto and the following year appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto at the Barbican Centre. He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in their Festival Hall Gershwin Centenary concert (1999), played Mozart with the English Chamber Orchestra and appeared as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Concert Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. John Lenehan also travels extensively performing and recording with many of today’s leading instrumentalists including Nigel Kennedy, Julian Lloyd Webber, James Galway, Emma Johnson, Tasmin Little and Sarah Chang. During the past few years he has appeared in major concert halls in Amsterdam, Vienna, Salzburg, New York, Washington, Toronto, Seoul and Tokyo.
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