Paul Marleyn

Paul Marleyn

Paul Marleyn


A cellist with a broad and eclectic repertoire that ranges from the Baroque period to the twentieth century, from the Gabrielli Ricercar to the Romantic concerto, and from the Metallica song to the Irish reel, Anglo-Canadian cellist Paul Marleyn tours regularly in Canada and has given numerous performances in the United States, Europe and Asia.

A frequent participant in summer festivals including the Chamber Music East, Prussia Cove, Busan, Festival of the Sound, Domaine Forget International, Casalmaggiore International, Leicester International, Ottawa International, and Indian River festivals, he has collaborated with artists such as Boris Berman, Martin Beaver, Miriam Fried, James Somerville, Stéphane Lemelin, Paul Neubauer, Marc-André Hamelin, Steven Dann, Paul Coletti, Colin Carr, Joshua Bell, and with members of the Tokyo, Vermeer, St. Lawrence and Hagen quartets. He has appeared as soloist the Belgrade Philharmonic, European Chamber, Winnipeg Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Manitoba Chamber orchestras. Recital engagements have included London’s Wigmore Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Chicago’s Cultural Centre, and Geneva’s Victoria Saal. Since 2000, Paul has been President and Artistic Director of Canada’s annual Agassiz Summer Chamber Music Festival.

Paul Marleyn has made several compact disc recordings as soloist and chamber musician. His first CD, released by United Records in 1989, contains works by Schostakovitch, Prokofieff and Schnittke, and was described as "emotionally intense, physically big-boned" (Gramophone Magazine), and "over-flowing with health, the joy of playing, and flamboyant brilliance" (Répértoire, France.) His recording of the complete works of Ernest Bloch for Signum Classics has also received favorable reviews; "an excellent recording, this release deserves enthusiastic recommendation" (BBC Music Magazine) and "a fine cellist with astute command of style and formidable technique" (Strad magazine.) Other releases include Swirl for solo cello by Jim Hiscott on the CBC Records label, as well as chamber music recordings for RCA Victor, ATMA and CBC Records. Mr. Marleyn’s concerts and recordings are frequently heard on CBC radio, BBC radio, NPR affiliate stations in the United States and around the world.

Mr. Marleyn has a special interest in new music, having been a frequent guest of the prestigious German group Ensemble Modern, and at the Winnipeg Centara, Almeida, Lviv Contrasts and Donaueshinger new music festivals. Paul has commissioned new works by Bramwell Tovey, Kevin Volans, Michael Matthews, David Raphael Scott, Glenn Buhr, Jim Hiscott and Rodion Schedrin.

Paul Marleyn was born in Reading, England. After studying privately with Robert Norris in London, he worked with David Strange at the Royal Academy of Music, Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. Paul holds a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma, and in 1994 was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
A laureate of the Royal Overseas League International Competition in London, he is the recipient of several national and international awards, including grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Royal Society of Arts. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Marleyn was Principal Cellist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and from 1997 to 2004, he taught at the University of Manitoba and performed as Principal cellist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In 2004, he became Professor of Cello at the University of Ottawa, and in 2006, he joined the Montreal-based piano trio, Trio Hochelaga.

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