photo courtesy Neubauer

photo courtesy Neubauer

Paul Neubauer


Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. This season he gives the world premiere of a viola concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, followed by performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra. He also performs in recital with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, and in a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips, and McDermott, performing a wide range of repertoire including salon-style songs for voice, viola and piano. He can be seen performing salon music in Dark Side, a film released this season starring Edoardo Ballerini and Ali Ahn.

Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, Neubauer has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber and Beethovenhalle orchestras. Neubauer gave the world premiere of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto as well as concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott and Friedman.

A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded numerous pieces that were composed for him: Purple Rhapsody (for viola and orchestra) and Wild Purple (for solo viola) by Joan Tower; Viola Rhapsody, a concerto by Henri Lazarof; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel; as well as works by Schuman with McDermott. His recording of the Walton Viola Concerto was recently re-released on Decca.

He has collaborated with Andre Watts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis at London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Hall’s; and with Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Vladimir Spivakov and Alicia de Larrocha at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has also appeared with the Emerson, Shanghai, Juilliard, Cleveland, Fine Arts, Orion, Borromeo, Miami and Brentano quartets. Artistic director of Chamber Music Extravaganza in Curaçao, he is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College and performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Neubauer was born in Los Angeles and now lives in New York City.