Paul Sullivan has enjoyed a richly varied and distinguished career
as a composer and a pianist.
As a soloist, with his trio, and as a member of the Paul Winter
Consort, he has played concert tours in most of the United States
and Europe, as well as Croatia, Israel, Costa Rica, and Japan. He
has performed among the dunes of the Negev Desert, in Leonard Bernstein’s
living room, and on the stages of many of the world’s finest
concert halls. He has also performed with some legendary orchestras,
such as the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, the Boston
Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and Keith Lockhardt, and several
regional orchestras around the US..
As a jazz player he has worked in some of New York’s most
prestigious clubs, including Sweet Basil, The Village Vanguard,
and Bradley's. He has played with a wide variety of jazz masters
from Benny Goodman to Tommy Flanagan, as well as Red Mitchell, Lou
Donaldson, George Mraz, Gerry Hemingway, Marc Helias, Gene Bertoncini,
Luciana Sousa, Cafe, Jane Ira Bloom, Pheeroan AkLaff, Eddie Daniels,
Richard Stoltzman, Nana Vasconcelos, Glen Velez and many other luminaries.
His 13 CDs have sold over 300 thousand copies and have won 3 Indie
Awards. He His music has been broadcast internationally, as well
as on all the major American networks, including National Public
Radio. He received a Grammy
Award for his work on the Paul Winter Consort CD, Silver
Paul had a 3 year engagement as the Music Teacher at the Brooklin
Elementary School in Brooklin, Maine. In this role he introduced
his town's children to the world of professional music. He and all
of the children of the school had appearances with Noel Paul Stookey,
Sarah Lee Guthrie, and David Grisman, as well as being featured
on several television shows and performing at the Maine State House.
In the theater he has worked as a musical director, pianist, and
conductor for many Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. He played keyboards
and shared the conducting duties for the original production of
the musical Nine, which won a Tony
Award for Best Musical.
He has also worked extensively in the dance world, playing piano
for Merce Cunningham’s classes, and writing music for the
Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. He has also enjoyed a long friendship
with the Pilobolus Dance Theater, for whom he has written over 15
Through the years, Paul has also written music for a number of
corporate clients. Recently he wrote more than an hour of musical
cues for stage productions created for IBM's Golden Circle Awards.
He has also created music for video companies, software companies,
and telephone companies. His compositions have been used in advertising
for a broad spectrum of clients.
In performance, Paul Sullivan creates a relaxed and intimate feeling
with his audience through his pleasant and quirky observations about
music and life. His warm and inviting personality, coupled with
his world-class musicianship, wins over new listeners immediately
and usually makes them life-long fans.
Sullivan grew up in Boston and got his first professional
training at the St. Paul Choir School in Cambridge with Theodore
Marier and John Dunn. He went on to Phillips Exeter Academy and
from there to Yale, where he received his BA in music in 1977. He
also created and taught a course at Yale in Electronic Music.
He and his family live on the coast of Maine.
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