Paul Nemeth


Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey
Alma maters: The Juilliard School (BM), Yale University (MM), Northwestern University (DMA, in progress)
Appearances: Lucerne Festival Academy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Pacific Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (sub), and formerly a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Twitter: @_paulnemeth
Musical origins: My father plays piano and I started lessons when I was young, but my first string instrument was cello, which I started when I was 9. In middle school, the music director needed someone to play bass and asked me if I wanted to give it a try. I loved the sound of it and have been playing ever since.
Favorite piece to play:  I love playing the orchestral standards­—­Beethoven and Brahms symphonies—but I also have a lot of fun playing Baroque music. I would love to perform more repertoire like Bach cantatas in the future.
Favorite musical memory: One of the most fun was performing the music of West Side Story alongside the movie version with David Newman at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Everyone had a great time performing and still talks about it. It’s also the place where I met my wife Chi, who is a violist with The Orchestra Now.
Favorite fact about your instrument: There have been many different types of basses over the centuries, as well as ways to play them, which has led to a large and diverse repertoire and technique for the bass. For me, this makes playing the bass feel like there are new areas to explore.