Paul Watkins


Paul Watkins Photo credit: Paul Marc Mitchell

Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career both as a cellist and as a conductor. He performs regularly with all the major British orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, and City of Birmingham Symphony. Outside the UK he has performed with the Netherlands Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin. Recent highlights include a BBC Proms appearance with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing the world premiere of his brother Huw Watkins’s Cello Concerto, a tour with the European Union Youth Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink, and his US conducting debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and at the Lake Tahoe Music Festival. He also premiered (and was the dedicatee of) Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new concerto with the Royal Flemish, Tampere, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. A dedicated chamber musician, he was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 to 2013, and joined the Emerson String Quartet in 2013. He has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, South Bank Centre, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, and Queens Hall in Edinburgh. An exclusive Chandos Records artist, he has recorded the Delius, Elgar, and Lutoslawski concertos, and discs of British and American music. In 2014 he was appointed artistic director of the Great Lakes Music Festival of Detroit. Mr. Watkins plays a cello made by Domenico Montagnana and Matteo Goffriller in Venice, c. 1730.