About the Composer

As a student, Paul was simultaneously winning international cello competitions and recording strings for local punk bands in his dorm room studio. That duality, as well as a deep reverence for honesty in music, lie at the core of Paul's artistic DNA and have led to close collaborations with Chick Corea, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, Yo-Yo Ma, members of Arcade Fire, The National, Guarneri Quartet, and many others. In 2010, Paul's gift for improvisation landed him in the acclaimed Harlem Quartet, with whom he taught and toured for 3 years. Paul left the quartet after a bold decision to focus more on composition, and in 2013, the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet commissioned his first serious work. Shortly after he began writing, his father Gene passed away, and the piece became an homage to him. After hearing the Parkers premiere Strange Beloved Land, Paul knew he had found his true calling.

Winner of the S&R Foundation's 2018 Washington Award for composition, Paul Wiancko has been composer-in-residence at Caramoor, Twickenham Fest, and the Methow Valley and Newburyport Chamber Music Fetivals. He has created genre-bending works for the award-winning Aizuri and Parker Quartets, yMusic, soprano Susanna Phillips, cellists Judith Serkin and Gabriel Cabezas, violist Ayane Kozasa, the Boston Cello Quartet, Bargemusic, and many others, including his own ensembles Ayane & Paul and Bird's Eye Trio.

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Music Bag

Cello Quartet Op. 1 When the Night

for 4 celli (8')

A harmonically rich and texturally innovative celebration of all things cello, motivically inspired by the opening line of Ben E. King's Stand By Me. Premiered by the Boston Cello Quartet at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA on January 22, 2018.

$ 26 Add to Bag


for string quartet (25')

An investigation of elation and journey of a soul, laid out in fervent, celebratory detail. Premiered by the Aizuri Quartet at Caramoor on July 8, 2016. "LIFT challenges the sonic limits of the string quartet...This piece is a must-hear." - Osaka Yomiuri TV

$ 52 Add to Bag

A Sanguine Clockwork

for violin, viola and cello (8')

A string trio which explores the relationship between the molecular and the cultural--that inexplicable science which links the sentiment of a well-loved folk song to the blood in our veins. Premiered at Bargemusic NYC on November 17, 2013.

$ 24 Add to Bag

American Haiku

for viola and cello (9')

A richly-textured duo that incorporates Appalachian fiddling, percussive patterns and Japanese folk-inspired melodies. Premiered by Ayane Kozasa and Paul Wiancko at the S&R Foundation on October 24, 2014.

$ 22 Add to Bag

Maniacal Swing

for string quartet (1')

At just over 60 seconds, this virtuosic, topsy-turvy standalone movement from LIFT is packed with festivity - great as an encore or for grabbing someone's attention! LIFT was premiered by the Aizuri Quartet at Caramoor on July 8, 2016.

$ 8 Add to Bag

Strange Beloved Land

for string quartet (17')

Six vivid scenes transport the listener from a place of sorrow to a celebration of life and love. Inspired by the life and films of Gene Wiancko. Premiered by the Parker Quartet at the Great Lakes Festival on June 13, 2013.

$ 32 Add to Bag

Toy Bricks

for violin, 2 celli and double bass (8')

An understated summertime toe-tapper featuring evolving geometric patterns and sweet melodies. Premiered at the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival on August 1, 2012.

$ 18 Add to Bag
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