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Paul Israel

Originally from Bristol, Paul began learning the piano at the age of seven. He attended the University of Bristol before studying with Leon McCawley in London.

Paul works as an orchestral and chamber pianist alongside repetiteur and accompanist playing as well. He has had multiple recordings broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has appeared on numerous film and television soundtracks recording for Universal Music, Netflix and the BBC, including as guest soloist with BBC NOW.

Paul was a finalist in the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme in 2012, prompting an invitation to work alongside ballet pianists there. He also teaches piano at the University of Bristol.  

Paul has played with the Bristol Ensemble ever since he met CEO Roger Huckle when they first performed together at the Bristol Beacon in 2014. Roger conducted Paul’s first major soloist performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

The huge variation of repertoire that is programmed by the Bristol Ensemble is what Paul finds a constant joy to be a part of. In particular, bringing smaller chamber ensemble works (piano trios/quartets) to all manner of local communities across the South West is a highly rewarding experience.

When not at the piano, Paul can usually be found planning his next travels around the world, walking and running, and attempting photography of wildlife and the natural world.