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Paula Muldoon - Orchestra Co-Leader

Irish-American violinist Paula Muldoon is a member of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR) and a former member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also performed with the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment (OAE), and Arcangelo. She has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Mark Elder, Marin Alsop, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Highlights of her performing career include a stint as guest leader of the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, recording Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO, film recordings at Abbey Road, playing the solos in Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia at Kings College Chapel with the Seraphin Chamber Orchestra, and tours with the OAE and Sir Simon Rattle and the ORR and Kris Bezuidenhout. In 2016 she performed in four BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall: the Philharmonia and Esa-Pekka Salonen, the OAE with Marin Alsop and Sir Mark Elder, and the ORR with Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Paula is a committed violin teacher, currently on staff at Pro Corda at Leiston Abbey and St. John’s College School in Cambridge as well as maintaining a private studio online and in-person. She has also taught at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival and the New England Conservatory Festival Youth Orchestra (Boston, USA) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA).

In 2017 Paula retrained at Makers Academy as a software engineer and now works as a PHP developer for Kurt Geiger in London in addition to her violin activities. She is actively involved with the Makers Academy and University of Michigan alumni networks and is especially interested in mental health and women’s education.

A keen writer, Paula blogs as The Mindful Violinist and Fiddler’s Code. While an undergraduate, her historical novel The White Birds made her the only undergraduate finalist in the prestigious Hopwood writing competition. Her translation of the Latin poem Stabat Mater won her the undergraduate classics translation award.

Paula grew up in Falmouth, Cape Cod and studied violin and voice in Boston at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crotcheting, Star Trek, cryptic crosswords, and drinking good coffee.