B i o g r a p h y
From the concepts of sound mass, soundscapes, and spectral processes to music that is rhythmic and beautifully melodic, the work of Paul Poston has been described as "highly crafted and effective." His music has been performed throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Greece, and Italy by groups such as Duosolo, members from All of the Above Ensemble, John Solomons, Myrto Akrivou, and readings from the Jack Quartet. An advocate of New Music, Paul is the Artistic Director of the Applause New Music Concert Series, a contemporary music series that features the work of living composers performed by promising young performers and ensembles independently of an academic setting. The ANMCS, now in it’s fifth year, has been featured in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Theater Jones, DFW.com, and the Short-Horn newspaper.
Paul has received several awards and scholarships including the Lloyd Carr Taliaferro Scholarship for Composition for his work The Talking Willow Tree, and the Graduate Research Award for On the Creation of Matter, a piece for large orchestra, from Florida International University. Most recently, he was awarded first prize in both the chamber and piano solo categories of the 2015 Ruth and Emil Beyer Award for Composition for his works Already the Sunlight Fades and Urban Sprawl.
Paul received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and studied with Michael Fiday, Mara Helmuth, and Joel Hoffman, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, and George Chave.