PAUL DWYER, CELLO

Cellist Paul Dwyer is Assistant Principal cello of Lyric Opera of Chicago. He was born just south of there in Munster, Indiana, but spent the most formative years of his life (according to Freud) in Vienna, where he decided to play the double bass, but was told he’s too small.  At age eight his family moved to Munich, where Paul spent most of his time playing soccer, running subversive school newspapers and transcribing Metallica songs for a heavy metal cello quartet he formed with his best friends. Dwyer followed his roots back to the American Midwest for college, studying at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. '07) and the University of Michigan (M.M. '08; D.M.A. '12), where he was the recipient of a Javits Fellowship and Presser Award, before spending a year in Amsterdam as a Fulbright Fellow studying new music with Frances-Marie Uitti and baroque cello with Anner Byslma. In 2013, he completed additional graduate studies in the Historical Performance department of The Juilliard School. Paul is fortunate to have a rich musical life playing both historical and modern cello. He loves to play chamber music and collaborate with young composers. He is a founding member of Diderot String Quartet and ACRONYM, and plays with ensembles such as Trinity Wall Street Baroque Orchestra and the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra. He lives with his wife, Adriane, in Chicago and Brooklyn.