Academic: Bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition, Yale College. Master’s in clarinet performance at the Juilliard School of Music; JD at Brooklyn Law School; LL.M in Taxation at New York University School of Law. Master’s in jazz performance at Florida International University (2009).
Youthful Successes: At age 13, selected by Leonard Bernstein to be a guest performer with the New York Philharmonic on Bernstein’s Young People’s Concert, televised and still issued on CD. At age 16, performed with cellist Jacqueline du Pre and pianist Richard Goode in the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. At age 17, won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, management for exceptional upcoming musicians.
Solo Performances: Solo performances with large ensembles include the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Yale Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Symphony of the Americas, Charlotte Philharmonic, Lima (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestral Association, Kansas City Youth Symphony, Lynn Philharmonia, FIU Symphony Orchestra, FIU Wind Ensemble, FAU Symphony Orchestra, FAU Wind Ensemble”; Solo recitals include Yale University, Florida International University, Lynn University, Hofstra University, Gardiner Museum, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Hunter College Playhouse, “Days of New Music” in Krakow, Poland, Contemporary Music Festival in Chisinau, Moldova, International Clarinet Conference, Northern Arizona State University, 2002 International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival, Xi’an, China.
Chamber Music Festivals: Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy, Festival at Sandpoint, Manchester Music Festival, Yale School of Music Festival at Norfolk, Connecticut, Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, Austin Chamber Music Festival, Kniesel Hall Music Festival, Castle Hill Music Festival, Contemporary Classical Music Festival in Lima, Peru, Leaf Peeper Concerts, Columbia County, NY; Music and More, New Marlborough, MA.
Symphonic: Has performed as principal clarinetist with National Orchestral Association; Berkshire Symphony Orchestra; New Haven Symphony, Santo Domingo Music Festival, Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Symphony of the Americas, Colorado Music Festival, Miami City Ballet, and Boca Symphonia, among others.
Collaborations: String Quartets include Borromeo, Miami, Amernet, St. Lawrence, Ying, Lark, Fine Arts, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Delray, Alexander. Chamber Ensembles include Boston Chamber Music Society, American Chamber Players, Ensemble 21, NODUS Ensemble, Florida Woodwind Quintet, Sylvan Winds, Lincoln Mayorga and Friends at Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood. Individual artists include Jacqueline Du Pre, Richard Goode, Dick Hyman, Fred Sherry, Judith Blegen, Paul Zukovsky, Ursula Oppens, Wendy Chen, Daniel Phillips, Nobuko Imai, Eugenia Zukerman, Christopher O’Riley.
Lectures and Master classes: Venues have included the Tanglewood Music Festival in the Berkshires, Judaica Sound Archives of Florida Atlantic University, University of Massachusetts, Berkshire Music School, Berkshire Community College, Berkshire Athenaeum, Lifelong Learning Society at Florida Atlantic University, Harid Conservatory, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Has created coursework and taught Klezmer and jazz courses at Williams College and Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
Klezmer Engagements: Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, Jewish Museum of Florida, Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams, MA, Temple Beth Am, Miami, Klezmer Applied Music courses at Florida International University School of Music and Florida Atlantic University, Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA; Six Depot Roastery, West Stockbridge, MA.
Jazz Engagements: As jazz clarinetist in South Florida and New England, has performed at the Lotz Music Series in Miami with Maria Rivas, the Jazzonian with Yvonne Brown, the Jewish/Jazz Project at “Made in the Berkshires” in Pittsfield, MA, Two week Applied Jazz course at Lynn University Conservatory of Music, Jazz coaching at Berkshire Music School, Pittsfield, MA, In the Berkshires: has appeared at Castle Street Café, Gateways Inn, Gedney Farm, and Naumkeag and The Mount historical properties.
Entrepreneur: Founded and directed Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival, Delray Beach, Fla., 1996-2003. Co- founded and directed Klezmer East, a klezmer band in South Florida since 2003. Co-created and co-directed “A Summer Celebration of Jewish Music,” a festival of Jewish music at venues throughout Berkshire Counter in western Massachusetts, which finished its sixth successful season in June 2015.
Honors: Named Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency, concertizing in Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Syria and Oman. Appointed to the 25th Anniversary Leadership Council of Chamber Music America.
Recordings: “Carnival of the Animals” with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic; “Return to the Concert Stage” (classical); “Klezmer East, Traditional Favorites;” “Mobiles: The Music of Fred Kaufman;” “Fives for Five: Florida Woodwind Quintet,;” and a new CD, “Music Coming Together,” a fusion of jazz and klezmer tunes featuring arrangements by Paul Green.
Paul Green at 13 in a televised Young People’s Concert with the New York Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein, 1962.
The orchestra teacher wanted eight-year-old Paul Green to play the viola. But once the young Paul heard the sound of the clarinet, it was clarinet or nothing. That determination fueled a passion for music and an unusual career that few can match.
Clearly a budding talent, Green began studying privately with the noted clarinet pedagogue Leon Russianoff. Accomplished at age 13, he was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to be a featured guest in a televised Young People’s Concert with the New York Philharmonic in 1962, performing and recording Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. Just three years later, artistic director and pianist Charles Wadsworth invited Green to the Festival of Two Worlds at Spoleto, Italy, where he performed with Mr. Wadsworth and renowned artists Jacqueline du Pre, Richard Goode and Judith Blegen.
In 1966, Green won the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions and attended Yale University, where he studied with Keith Wilson, and performed as principal clarinetist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. He graduated Yale with a BA in Theory and Composition in 1970 and continued his studies at Juilliard, where he studied with Joseph Allard, receiving an MS degree in performance in 1972. From 1970-75, he soloed with the National Orchestral Association, the Hartford symphony, and Kansas City Youth Symphony, and performed chamber music with Richard Goode, Fred Sherry, Ko Iwasaki and Ursula Oppens, among others.
It was at this period Green began considering other career possibilities. Offered the co-principal clarinet position of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, he instead opted to attend Brooklyn Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. He graduated cum laude in 1978. In 1985, after several years at prominent New York law firms, Green joined the faculty of Brooklyn Law School.
A successful attorney and law professor, Green couldn’t suppress his passion or drive for music. Although he hadn’t touched the clarinet for five years, Green returned to his original teacher, Leon Russianoff, for advice and coaching. In a rousing comeback, he won the Distinguished Artists Award, part of the 1988 Artists International Competition. In 1989 he was appointed first clarinetist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In 1990 he returned to music full time and played a solo recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, which garnered a rave review in The New York Times. Just two years back into the profession, Green was named to the clarinet Artist/Faculty position at the newly formed Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton (now the Lynn University Conservatory of Music).
In 1997, Green was selected as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency for which he concertized in Moldova and the Middle East. He has participated in international festivals of contemporary music in Krakow, Poland and Chisinau, Moldova in 1999, 2000 and 2001, as well as the 2002 International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in Xian, China, the Wienermusikseminar 2002 in Vienna, the EuroArts Festival in Pusan, Korea, and as a soloist in Brasov, Romania in the summer of 2003.
Green founded Klezmer East in 2003, and the band has performed in countless communities, synagogues and churches and other venues on both coasts of Florida. The ensemble was a popular Klezmer presence in South Florida and was in residence at Florida Atlantic University.
Currently he is on the faculties of Williams College, Skidmore College and Schenectady Community College, as well as the Berkshire Music School, where he teaches clarinet performance and chamber music. From 1992 to 2007, he was a faculty member of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton. From 1996-2011 he was a member of the Florida International University faculty, and from 1998 to 2013 he was a faculty member of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He is a founding member of the Florida Woodwind Quintet, in residence at Florida Atlantic University, and a member of the NODUS Ensemble, a contemporary music group in residence at Florida International University. He served as First Clarinetist of the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.
Green is active in the chamber music scenes in the Berkshires and the Capital District in New York.Recent activities include performances with The Musicians of Ma’alwyc, Concerts in the Village (Kinderhook, NY), the Berkshire Symphony and Close Encounters with Music. He founded “A Summer Celebration of Jewish Music” which takes place in the Berkshires. and is a founding member of the Berkshire Jewish Musicians Collective.
As a noted pedagogue, Green has developed a course in Klezmer music, which he has taught at Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University and Skidmore and Williams colleges. He has performed at the “Watch and Play” program for children at Tanglewood and given master classes at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. His activity as a jazz clarinetist in South Florida included engagements at the Lotz Music Series, Miami’s Jazz in the Gables and the Jazz Summit in Fort Lauderdale. Jazz appearances in New England have included the Music and More festival in New Marlborough, Made in the Berkshires in Pittsfield and the Green Street Café in Northampton, all in Massachusetts.
Green’s interest in jazz and Jewish music has inspired him to create his own arrangements of Jewish Jazz fusion. Intrigued by the rigors of jazz harmony and the power of Jewish melody, he waves the best of both genres together in a compelling mix that allow audiences to experience music in fresh new ways. He has produced two CDs that explore this interest.
Green is also active on the lecture circuit. Called the “go-to guy for Jewish music,” he regularly engages audiences with his lecture-demonstrations on a variety of topics related to Jewish music, as well as jazz and other themes. He is regularly called to present his Jewish music lectures in Florida and New England.