Irish-American violinist Paula Muldoon is the newly appointed leader of the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Redmond. She has a distinguished performing career, having played with many of the world’s greatest ensembles and conductors, including the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (ORR), the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Andris Nelsons, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Marin Alsop, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Highlights of her performing career include a stint as guest leader of the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra, recording Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the LSO, and numerous film recordings at Abbey Road. In October 2018 she performed in Carnegie Hall with the ORR and in May 2019, as part of her inaugural season at the Cambridge Philharmonic, she will be the featured soloist in Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben.

In 2017 Paula retrained at Makers Academy as a computer programmer and now combines violin performance with her career as a software engineer.  She is a sought-after speaker in the programming community, having given talks at conferences, workshops, and meet-ups in London, Cambridge, and Madrid. Her latest musical/coding venture has been performing her own solo violin compositions as part of her conference talks.

A keen writer, Paula blogs on music, code, and mindfulness/mental health. While at the University of Michigan, her historical novel The White Birds made her the only undergraduate finalist in the prestigious Hopwood writing competition and her translation of the Latin poem Stabat Mater won her the undergraduate classics translation award.

Paula is a committed violin teacher, having taught at Pro Corda at Leiston Abbey and St. John’s College School in Cambridge as well as maintaining a private studio online and in-person.  She has also taught at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival and the New England Conservatory Festival Youth Orchestra (Boston, USA) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA).

Paula studied violin with Detlef Hahn (Guildhall), Aaron Berofsky (University of Michigan) and Lynn Chang (New England Conservatory).  She also studied Baroque violin privately with Walter Reiter and voice with Murray Kidd.

Paula grew up in Falmouth, Cape Cod and studied violin and voice in Boston at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crotcheting, Star Trek, cryptic crosswords, and drinking good coffee.

Graduate, Makers Academy (2017)
M.Mus with Distinction, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2012)
B.Mus with Highest Honours, University of Michigan (2010)
Certificate, New England Conservatory Preparatory School (2005)