From his TV debut at age 13 with Leonard Bernstein on the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts Series to his current status as a master teacher and soloist, Paul Green has blazed new paths on the concert stage. Grounded and virtuosic in the classical tradition, he has pursued his passion for jazz and followed his instinctual yearnings to explore the meaning of Jewish music while maintaining his classical concert career.
Winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Green’s solo recitals have garnered rave reviews in The New York Times. He has collaborated with the Borromeo, Saint Lawrence, and Ying Quartets, and has collaborated with cellist Jacqueline De Pre, flutist Eugenia Zukerman, pianists Richard Goode, Christopher O’Riley, William Wolfram, Ursula Oppens and many others.
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 has served as principal clarinetist of the Florida Grand Opera, Atlantic Classical Orchestra and Symphony of the Americas, and has been a soloist with the National Orchestral Association, the Charlotte Philharmonic, the Hartford Symphony, the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra and many others. He is the founder of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in South Florida.
Green studied with noted clarinet pedagogue Leon Russianoff; Keith Wilson at Yale, where he received a bachelor’s degree in theory and composition; and Joseph Allard at the Juilliard School, where he received a master’s in clarinet performance. In 2009, he received an additional master’s degree in jazz performance at Florida International University. A former attorney and legal writing professor at Brooklyn Law School, he also has an LLM in taxation from New York University.
Green maintains an active performance schedule, playing both classical and jazz-klezmer fusion throughout the Berkshires and Hudson Valley. His newly honed mastery of jazz has brought to Miami’s Jazz in the Gables, the Jazz Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Castle Street Café, The Gateways Inn, and other venues in the Berkshires, where he founded the Summer Celebration of Jewish Music in the Berkshires.
Green currently serves on the faculty at Williams College, Skidmore College, SUNY Schenectady Community College and the Berkshire Music School in Pittsfield, Mass. An expert on Jewish music, Green also offers lectures and workshops and maintains a private teaching practice.
Green’s band Two Worlds, which fuses the elements of America’s homegrown art form, jazz, within the klezmer tradition, has recorded two CDs. The Chicago Tribune named “A Bissel Rhythm,” featuring original compositions by Green, one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2019. An earlier CD titled “Coming Together” highlights his talent as an arranger. Green’s discography also includes “Return to the Concert Stage” (classical) and “Klezmer East: Traditional Favorites” (klezmer).
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 two CDs with Two Worlds: “Music Coming Together,” a fusion of jazz and klezmer tunes featuring arrangements by Green; and “A Bissel Rhythm” jazz-klezmer fusion featuring Green’s original compositions.
Events (upcoming schedule & venues)
Live performance with Two Worlds (Paul Green, clarinet; Lloyd Joe Rose, piano; Michael Musillami, guitar; William Chapman, drums)
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