Paul Brantley’s compositions have been performed or commissioned by Monadnock Music Festival; Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival; St. Bartholomew’s Summer Festival of Sacred Music; Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Left Bank Ensemble, Ethel, Excelsior Trombone Ensemble, the Goliard Ensemble, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Belladonna, L’Opera du Village, and SONYC. He was a featured composer on the North River, MOSA, and Concerts in the Heights series.
Brantley’s vocal music has been sung by Tony Arnold, Jeanine de Bique, Amy Blake, Karen Burlingame, Rachel Calloway, Abigail Fischer, Alexander Hurd, Sharla Nafziger, and Daisy Press. He has received solo or chamber instrumental performances by such artists as cellist Peter Stumpf; flutists Laura Gilbert, Marya Martin, Alex Sopp; pianists Rieko Aizawa, Steve Beck, Jeremy Denk, Jeewon Kim, and Catherine Schneider; violinists Cornelius Dufallo and Jesse Mills.
His orchestral music has been performed by the Augusta Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Curtis Institute Symphony Orchestra, Eastman School of Music String Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Reno Philharmonic, Sewanee Festival Orchestra, SONYC (String Orchestra of New York City), and the University of Michigan Symphony.
Paul Brantley has performed as solo cellist with Trey Anastasio, recorded for Béla Fleck and James Morrison, toured with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, gigged with Chester Thompson, produced for and co-composed with Royel “Futureman” Wooten (the Flecktones), conducted for David Binney, and arranged for Ethel, Todd Rundgren, and Christian Scott. He currently freelances as a composer and cellist and teaches conducting at Manhattan School of Music. His music is published by Bill Holab Music and Oxford University Press. He has recorded solo cello for Sony/Columbia, Rounder, Warner Bros., Polydor, Compass, and others.
Paul studied at Manhattan School of Music (BM), Curtis Institute (diploma), and Eastman School of Music (MM), as well as Fontainebleau, Tanglewood, and The Yellow Barn. His principal teachers include Samuel Adler, Leonard Bernstein, Alan Harris, David Loeb, and David Wells.
He has held numerous residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Banff Centre and been composer-in-residence for Monadnock Music Festival, Gabriel Fauré Conservatoire, Goliard Ensemble, Yara Arts Group, the Seal Bay Festival, Children’s Choral Celebration, Sewanee Music Festival, and Washington and Lee University. Paul has taught composition, cello, chamber music, and conducting at Syracuse University, Washington and Lee University and, since 2000, at Manhattan School of Music.