Paul Cassidy studied as a Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music with Irina Zaritzskaya and Andrew Ball, graduating in 2001 as recipient of the Hopkinson Silver Medal for his performance in the RCM Chappell Medal Final. Upon graduation from the RCM Paul studied philosophy at the University of Manchester and King's College London, whilst maintaining a career as a freelance pianist and contemporary music specialist. He has twice reached the semi-finals of the British Contemporary Piano Competition, and has given numerous premieres of new works, including the world premiere of Kevin Malone’s Count Me In for piano and electronics at the University of Manchester. In 2007 Paul performed in the PLG Young Artists Concert Series at the Purcell Room, London, and later that same year he participated alongside Michael Nyman and Gavin Bryars in a complete performance of Erik Satie’s Vexations at the Tate Modern, London. Paul has been a member of Piano Circus since 2008 and has performed extensively with the group across the UK, Europe and the United States.
Paul is currently a PhD student in Music Performance at Goldsmiths, where he has been working with Keith Potter and Andrew Zolinsky on his primary research and repertoire interest – American minimalist piano music. As part of his research, Paul presented his lecture-recital on the complete solo piano works of John Adams at various UK universities in the spring term of 2015, and during that same term he presented a paper on Steve Reich’s Four Organs at the Society for Minimalist Music’s Steve Reich study day at King’s Place, London. Most recently, Paul presented his research into methodical approaches to Steve Reich’s phasing technique at the 2015 International Conference on Minimalist Music in Helsinki, Finland.