Paul Nicolaou

Paul is an emerging multi-instrumentalist and composer based in Sydney, Australia.

Paul began his musical studies at the age of 5 on piano followed by violin soon after. Through high school, while pursuing piano, violin and composition, he also undertook studies on harpsichord and organ in both solo and chamber settings. At the age of 16, Paul decided to broaden his musical studies by commencing studies on harp, which he is now pursuing at a tertiary level. He has achieved several notable certificates from the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) including a High Distinction in Grade 8 Piano and a High Distinction in Grade 4 Musicianship.

During Paul’s time at Cranbrook School, he achieved musical success as both a performer and composer, appearing as a soloist at the Sydney Town Hall, winning the school’s 2019 J Angus (Senior) Prize for Piano, 2021 Instrumental Competition, 2021 Instrumental/Vocal Prize, and the Music Prize in Year 11 and Year 12, as well as holding the position of Co-Student Head of Music. Additionally, he regularly completed arrangements, transcriptions and original compositions for the school.

In December 2020, Paul was invited to perform as a harpist with members of The Sydney Youth Orchestra, and in 2021, he was offered a position as Harpist of the Sydney Youth Orchestra Philharmonic (SYOP) and The Sydney Youth Orchestra (Flagship). Paul has since been appointed Principal Harpist of The Sydney Youth Orchestra for 2022. In 2022, he will also appear as a Harpist of the Australian Youth Orchestra in both their Winter and Summer Seasons.

Commencing in 2022, Paul will begin his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney, where he will be completing his Bachelor of Music (Performance), majoring in Classical Harp.

Paul is also an experienced and successful emerging composer, through primary school showing an interest in composition; and in 2016 at age 12, his composition La Strana Storia for String Quartet was shortlisted in the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s (ACMF) National Songwriting Competition – Instrumental Division Years 7 – 12. In October 2021 at 18 years old, Paul was awarded the Monash University Emerging Composer Prize, open to those who have a passion for composition and music technology and are 21 years of age or younger. Additionally, Paul is as one of four emerging composers from around Australia to be selected to participate in the Australian Youth Orchestra’s 2022 Composition Program in Melbourne, under the tutelage of Anne Cawrse.

Details last updated on January 26, 2022