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 Klangforum Wien and was previously the violist of Ensemble recherche. He is a founding member of Trio Estatico alongside violists Megumi Kasakawa & John Stultz. 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 worked extensively with the worlds leading ensembles and musicians. Paul has performed with bassoonist Pascal Gallois, Riot Ensemble (UK), Octandre Ensemble (UK), Ensemble Interface (GERMANY), Sed Contra (UKRAINE) and der/gelbe/klang (GERMANY). 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.