Paul Kantor is one of the leading violin pedagogues and one of the most sought-after teachers in North America today. Mr. Kantor is currently the Sally Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, having previously served as the Eleanor H. Biggs Memorial Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. Paul's principal teachers were Margaret Graves, Dorothy DeLay, and Robert Mann. He served as chair of the string department at the University of Michigan for 13 years and has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and Yale University.
For the past 30 years, Paul has been an artist/faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he was a concertmaster of both the Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony. He has performed with the New York String Quartet, Berkshire Chamber Players, Lenox Quartet, and National Musical Arts Chamber Ensemble. He served as concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and Great Lakes Festival Orchestra, and as guest concertmaster of the New Japan Philharmonic and Toledo Symphony Orchestra.
Paul has performed the world premieres of Dan Welcher’s Violin Concerto and John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices. His recordings are on the Equilibrium, CRI, Delos, and Mark Records. Paul is married to the distinguished pianist Virginia Weckstrom.
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