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Paul Beckett

VIOLA

Gerard Grisey 
Prologue 

An introductory movement of Grisey’s 75-minute-long cycle Les Espaces Acoustiques (1974-85). It leads directly into the next movement, Périodes.


British Violist Paul Beckett is one of today's foremost contemporary musicians, gaining international recognition as a leading interpreter and performer of classical contemporary music.

Paul is the violist of Ensemble recherche based in Freiburg, Germany. He was a member of Ensemble Modern International Academy and chosen artist for the Bauhaus Residence in Dessau. He regularly collaborates with Ensemble Modern, including guest principal viola of the Ensemble Modern Orchestra. He is an invited guest solo viola for Bayerisch Staatsoper and Mainz Staatsorchester.

He has recieved international critical acclaim for recent solo performances;

Paul Beckett does a great job of it, with dreamlike technique and an unbelievable degree of articulatory differentiation.
(Badische Zeitung, Germany 2018)

Pomen II for viola solo was formidably played with many a broken bow hair by Paul Beckett. (The Observer, UK 2018)

What the violist Paul Beckett lets us hear in Berlin's Radialsystem are organic contractions and discharges, swellings and their decay, a tense tone that eats away in the tension, to die again and again in an exhausted creak...This is a strong, moving piece of new music that draws its strength from the experience of life and the closeness to the body of its gestural dramaturgy.
(Frankfurter Allgemeine, Germany 2019)

Two pieces for viola solo, Marton Illes' highly virtuosic psychogram "Jammernd" and Milica Djordjevic's "Pomen II", both performed at the highest interpretive level by Paul Beckett, the violist of ensemble recherche. 
(Mannheimer Morgen, Germany 2019)

In addition to his work with Ensemble recherche and Ensemble Modern, Paul has performed with bassoonist Pascal Gallois, violists Garth Knox and Megumi Kasakawa, Ensemble Interface and Mobile Beats Ensemble. His work with notable composers includes Beat Furrer, Sir George Benjamin, Enno Poppe, Georges Aperghis, Oliver Knussen, Hans Abrahamsen, Carola Bauckholt, Hugues Dufourt and Helmut Lachenmann.

Paul attended Chethams School of Music, before continuing his studies in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Mark Knight. He then attended Frankfurt Hochschule for Musik for specialised masters in contemporary music.