Paul Schoenfield is among those all-too-rare composers whose work combines exuberance and seriousness, originality and lightness and depth. His work is inspired by the entire range of musical experience; populare styles both American and foreign, vernacular and and folk as ell as the usual historical traditions.
Paul Schoenfield is a native of Detroit. Born in 1947, began playing the piano at age six and wrote his first composition the following year. He studied piano with Julius Chajes, Ozan Marsh, and Rudolf Serkin, holds an undergraduate degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Doctor of Music Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He held a number of teaching positions, but he has also toured the United States, Europe and South America as a Pianist.
A man of many interests, Paul Schoenfield is also an avid scholar of mathematics and Hebrew.
Mr. Schoenfield has received commissions and grants from the NEA, the Ohio Arts Commission, Chamber Music America, the Rockefeller Fund, the Minnesota Commissioning Club, American Composers Forum, Soli Deo Gloria of Chicago, the Juilliard School -- for its centennial -- and many other organizations and individuals.
His recordings as a pianist include the complete violin and piano works of Bartok with Sergiu Luca. His compositions can be heard on Angel, Decca, Innova, Vanguard, EMI.
He was commissioned to write “Taschyag” for the 4th International Two Piano Competition.