PAUL CARASCO - PIANO


Irish/Australian pianist Paul Carasco was born in Perth into a musical family. He began piano studies with Dr Anthony Doheny, which he continued later in Brisbane with Joyce Bennett OAM. Carasco graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, studying with professors Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko, formerly of the Moscow Conservatory. 

In pursuit of his interest in conducting Paul began conducting studies in Brisbane and was appointed to the position of Assistant Conductor with Queensland Ballet under the direction of their Music Director, Nigel Gaynor.

In recent seasons Paul has performed as concerto soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Principal Guest Conductor, Eivind Aadland and in recital, including the 4MBS Beethoven Festival. The Sydney Morning Herald has praised his "unfailing energy". In the 2018 season Paul is re-invited by the QSO to appear in their popular Chamber Music Series in partnership with members of the orchestra. The 2018 and 2019 season includes a return visit to Moscow along with a busy recital schedule and new recordings of Liszt and Mozart Concerti, culminating in a studio recording of Liszt's Twelve Transcendental Études.

A multi-talented musician, Paul is often in demand as a producer/engineer both in the recording studio and for live concert broadcasts as the co-founder of the recording company, Master Performers. Having produced many recordings internationally Paul launched the label at Steinway Hall in New York in 2008 with a critically acclaimed recording of Schubert with Phillip Kawin, piano professor at the Manhattan School of Music. His numerous live and studio recording projects for Master Performers include large scale orchestral and choral works, chamber music, ballets, piano concerti, opera and recitals. 

His Master Performers recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No.10 with Maestro Gerard Schwarz and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra was released on 13th October 2017 as part of the Gerard Schwarz 70th anniversary edition on Naxos and received rapturous reviews in America.

In recent years Paul has turned his attention to directing film, noting its profound significance in the future of classical music. Robert Cummings in his review for Classical Net, USA noted "Camera work, picture clarity and sound reproduction are first rate". Pizzicato Magazine in Belgium describing the technical work as, "Immaculate! Image and sound quality is pristine". In addition to being Artistic Director of Master Performers, Paul is a producer for Classical Film & Sound and is a senior acoustical consultant at SH Acoustics in Connecticut, USA. In January 2018, Paul and his team produced and directed a film of the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow featuring Gerard Schwarz and pianist Phillip Kawin.