Paul Harris

Paul Harris

Paul Harris studied at the Royal Academy of Music (where he won the August Manns Prize for outstanding performance in clarinet playing) and has gone on to establish a career which frequently takes him to all corners of the globe giving masterclasses, adjudicating, performing and presenting workshops.

His performances include Franz Krommer’s First Concerto for Two Clarinets (with Jean Cockburn), and clarinet concertos by Mozart, Finzi, Spohr and Weber. He has given numerous recitals and performances of chamber works, including most of the clarinet quintets and Mozart’s Kegellstatt Trio, and he regularly plays in an ensemble for voice, two clarinets and piano. He has given first performances of various works by Malcolm Arnold, including the re-discovered Wind Quintet, and he has recorded a CD of works by lesser-known British composers.

Paul is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s most distinguished music educators. His numerous publications include clarinet tutors, manuals that help learners develop their musical skills, and many other works, from short solo pieces to concertos, a ballet and a children’s opera. His books and articles include handbooks for music teachers and biographies of composers. The distinguished clarinet player, Julian Bliss, was one of Paul’s pupils.

Paul has been a judge for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and Classic FM’s teacher of the year competition, and he works regularly with National Youth Wind Orchestra and National Children’s Chamber Orchestra as their woodwind tutor.

Paul Harris