Information About Paula - Liverpool teacher
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Irish-American violinist Paula is a first violinist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko. Prior to Liverpool, Paula studied with Detlef Hahn at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she received her M.Mus in Orchestral Training. Paula has also performed and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in the UK and USA.
Before moving to London, Paula lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, where she received her B.Mus in Violin Performance with Highest Honours from the University of Michigan. Paula began to study the violin at age eight, and started at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School (Boston, MA, USA) when she was twelve. As a member of NEC’s youth orchestras, Paula toured France, Spain, Venezuela and Brazil
Paula began playing chamber music at the age of eleven at Falmouth’s Soundfest Chamber Music Festival. After many years as a student with the Festival, she joined the faculty in 2009 and the next year was appointed Managing Director. Paula’s deep love for chamber music led her to the first violin chair in the Rosseels Quartet, the endowed Graduate Quartet of the University of Michigan, while still an undergraduate, and more recently she performed chamber music to high acclaim at the Astona International Music Festival in Switzerland. Paula was a member of a harpsichord/violin/cello trio based at the University of Michigan (UM), Trio d’Avignon and was a featured soloist in a performance of the complete Brandenburg Concertos at the UM Museum of Art. Other recent solo engagements include Vivaldi’s “Summer” and a recital of solo Bach.
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8+ years of experience teaching privately and coaching chamber music in the USA and UK
Faculty positions at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival and New England Conservatory Preparatory School
Former students are now pursuing performance degrees at prestigious music schools such as Indiana University and Boston University.
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My teaching philosophy is to help each of my students realize his or her own abilities as a violinist, a musician, and a human being. I never try to make my students copy my playing; rather, I help them to overcome technical barriers and encourage them discover their own interpretations.
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'My son, a college freshman, has studied violin with Paula during the summers when possible for the past 6-7 years. He has also studied with Boston's best teachers, who have decades of experience, but would prefer to study with Paula if she were available year-round.
My son admires Paula for both her musicality and her impeccable technical skills. In lessons, Paula is able to recognize what is holding her students back and knows how to effectively fix the problem. My son says "I get a ton out of Paula's lessons. I can always hear myself improve by the end of my lesson." Paula keeps lessons focused and productive.
My son also credits Paula with inspiring him to practice, something that no other teacher has been able to do. "Whenever I left Paula's lessons I wanted to go home and practice," he says.
With Paula's summer lessons and his new desire to practice, my son was able to improve his audition pieces and make it into the first violin section of New England Conservatory's top youth orchestra, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, at a re-audition. We credit Paula's teaching ability and dedication for his successful audition.'
-Beth McGonagle, parent, Sandwich, MA, USA
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- Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2012) - M.Mus (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Michigan (2010) - B.Mus, violin performance (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)