Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing has led The New York Times to call him “a master musician.” He recently made his Chicago Symphony Orchestra subscription debut with Music Director Riccardo Muti and his Mariinsky Orchestra debut with Music Director Valery Gergiev. He also gave the US premiere of the newly discovered Impromptu for Viola and Piano by Shostakovich with pianist Wu Han. In addition, his recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’s Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was released by Signum Records, and his recording with pianist Margo Garrett of the complete viola-and-piano works by Ernest Bloch was released by Delos.
At the age of 21, Mr. Neubauer was appointed principal viola of the New York Philharmonic, and he held that position for six years. Throughout his career, he’s appeared as a soloist with more than 100 ensembles, including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonic orchestras; the Dallas, Detroit, National, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphony orchestras; and the Beethovenhalle, English Chamber, and Santa Cecilia orchestras. He’s also premiered viola concertos by Béla Bartók (a revised version of the Viola Concerto), Reinhold Glière, Gordon Jacob, Henri Lazarof, Robert Suter, Joel Phillip Friedman, Aaron Jay Kernis, Detlev Müller-Siemens, David Ott, Krzysztof Penderecki, Tobias Picker, and Joan Tower. Mr. Neubauer appears with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and he performs as a member of SPA, a trio that includes soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and plays a wide range of repertoire, including salon-style songs.
A two-time Grammy Award nominee, Mr. Neubauer has recorded on numerous labels, including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical. He’s also been featured on television and radio programs such as CBS Sunday Morning and A Prairie Home Companion and in magazines like The Strad, Strings, and People.
Paul Neubauer currently serves as artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey, and he’s a faculty member at The Juilliard School and Mannes School of Music in New York City.