Paula Muldoon is a multi-talented violinist, software engineer, and composer based in Cambridge, UK. Currently the leader of the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and the first violinist of the Cambridge String Quartet, her international performing career has taken her to twenty countries on four continents.
After an exciting 18-19 season where she performed the famous violin solos in Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with the Cambridge Philharmonic and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade with the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, Paula opened the 19-20 season by releasing DeskNotes, a YouTube channel with 90-second videos demonstrating tips for orchestral string playing. She is currently running Holistic Strings, a course designed to explore breath and body while playing a string instrument. Later projects this year include recording a CD of her own solo violin compositions, various solo performances around Cambridge, and the launch of the Beethoven Quartet Society.
Paula was a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and subsequently spent several years living in London and performing with ensembles including the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, along with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Marin Alsop, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Highlights of her career include guest leading the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in China, numerous film recordings at Abbey Road Studios, and performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City and at the BBC Proms in London.
In 2017 Paula retrained at Makers Academy as a computer programmer and now combines violin performance with her career as a software engineer. A sought-after speaker in the programming community, she is one of WeAreTechWomen’s 100 Women in Tech and on the Computer Weekly Women in Software Power List.
Paula composes music for solo violin, which she shares with her community on Patreon (patreon.com/FiddlersCode). Her most recent pieces include Woman and Cape Cod the Beautiful, a nod to her hometown of Falmouth, Massachusetts, which was also the home of America the Beautiful lyricist Katherine Lee Bates. Her debut single, Get Outside, is now available on Spotify and iTunes.
Paula is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (MMus 2012) and the University of Michigan (B.M. 2010), studying with Detlef Hahn and Aaron Berofsky. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crotcheting, Star Trek, cryptic crosswords, drinking good coffee, and playing with her Cockapoo.