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It is difficult to describe Paul’s career easily. He has directed of some of Australia’s most prominent festivals, composed nearly thirty feature film scores, and several works of music theatre, founded and lead for nineteen years of the Australian Art Orchestra, was an executive at the ABC, and currently heads up Monash University Performing Arts Centres.

Whether as composer, teacher, television personality or advocate for the role of artistic expression as a defining attribute of contemporary life, this is all informed by his work as a pianist, and composer, particularly in the field of jazz, where, according to him, ‘the piano never lies’.

He has, and continues to collaborate with musicians from many countries, not least with the First Nations peoples of Australia. His many awards include eight ARIA Awards, the Melbourne Prize for Music and more. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014.

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