Florin  Paul

Florin Paul, born in Romania in 1958, already showed his extraordinary talent very early in the parallel-running violin and piano les sons through which he was able to win the first price for vio lin in the National Music Competition already at the age of eleven.
In 1975 he started his studies in Bucharest with Professor Stefan Gheorghiu and gained international recognition by winning prestigious competitions (e.g. Grand Prix J. Thibaud, Paris 1977 and 1st price N. Paganini, Genoa 1979).After passing his Soloist Diploma with distinction in Freiburg with Prof. Wolfgang Marschner in 1983, more first prices (L. Spohr, Freiburg 1982, Tibor Varga, Sion 1984, and Yehudi Menuhin, Paris, 1985) followed accompanying a growing concert activity, that alongside radio and CD recordings resulted in numerous solo appearances with the Philharmonic and chamber orchestras of Paris, Nice, Berlin, Riga, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Bratislava, Tokyo, and at the Festival of Macau.

In addition, Florin Paul is a passionate and highly experienced chamber musician and has worked with many renowned musicians from the duo to the string trio alongside with the piano quartet in concert as well as for radio and CD recordings: he appeared several times as a partner of Henryk Szeryng with the Bach double Concerto, and his discography includes i.a. recordings of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", Mozart's " Sinfonia Concertante ", Bach's solo partitas and sonatas, Ysaÿe's solo sonatas and the CD "Hommage à Joachim" with works by Brahms, Schumann and Joseph Joachim.
Even as a teacher Florin Paul has achieved great musical experience: In 1993, he taught as a visiting professor at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and held master classes in Bucharest, Timisoara, Modena and Tokyo several times a year.
In 1983 he became 1st concert master of the Munich Philharmonics under Sergiu Celibidache. For several years he occupied the same position at the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1994 Florin Paul has been first Concertmaster of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg.