Paul Biss, violin . viola
Paul Biss studied at Indiana University and at the Juilliard School of Music. He was a student of Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian. His chamber music teachers included Walter Trampler, Claus Adam, Janos Starker and William Primrose. Paul Biss was professor of Music at Indiana University from 1979 until 2008 where he taught violin, chamber music, and conducted all the school orchestras in more than 125 performances of symphonic music. He also conducted 13 operas with the Indiana University Opera Theater. He has conducted in Mexico, Finland, Brazil, and Israel where he received the Ministry of Culture prize for the best performance of the year for a contemporary composition. Last August he conducted the Bahian Symphony in a series of concerts in Brazil and in November conducted the Seoul Classical players in an all Beethoven concert in Korea. He has been a faculty member at the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival since 1994. His students have won top prizes including several first prizes in major international and national competitions and appear as soloists, members of chamber ensembles, and many hold positions in leading orchestras in America and Europe. In September 2006 he joined the faculty at New England Conservatory where he is a member of the violin and chamber music faculty. Mr. Biss has appeared as soloist with orchestra, in recital and chamber music in the U.S. Europe, Israel, Mexico and South America Chamber music plays a very important part in his professional life. He spent six summers at the Marlboro Festival where he played both violin and viola and was a member of the Berkshire String Quartet for four years. Additionally he has appeared in many festivals in the U.S. Europe and Israel.
Mr. Biss has collaborated with the Mendelssohn Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, The Alexander Quartet and has appeared in concert with Christoph Eschenbach, Menahem Pressler, Gidon Kremer, Pinchas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Michael Tree, Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman.