Paul Neubauer was principal violist of New York Philharmonic for six years, having joined at age 21 as the youngest principal string player in the orchestra’s history. He has appeared as a soloist with more than 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, Helsinki, and Hong Kong philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, Los Angeles Chamber, St. Paul Chamber, Beethovenhalle, and National Symphony (Taiwan) orchestras.
Neubauer has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower, and has been featured on Live From Lincoln Center, CBS’s Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines. He has collaborated with André Watts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis at London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls; and with Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Vladimir Spivakov, and Alicia de Larrocha at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has also appeared with the Emerson, Shanghai, Juilliard, Cleveland, Miró, Fine Arts, Orion, Calder, Borromeo, Miami, and Brentano quartets.
A two-time Grammy nominee, Neubauer has recorded on numerous record labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical. Among his awards are first prize in the Mae M. Whitaker International, the D’Angelo International, and the Lionel Tertis International Viola competitions, and he was the first violist chosen to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has edited works for viola that have been published by Boosey & Hawkes, Universal Edition, and the International Music Company, and has served as a judge for Young Concert Artists and at the Lionel Tertis, Walter W. Naumburg and Munich ARD international viola competitions. He is artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and in a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.
Born in Los Angeles, Neubauer studied at Juilliard, where he received his BM and MM, with Paul Doktor. He has also studied with Alan de Veritch and William Primrose.
He has been on the faculty at Juilliard since 1989.