Cellist Paul Dwyer was born in Munster, Indiana, but spent the most formative years of his life (according to Freud) in Vienna, where he decided to play the double bass, but was told he’s too small. At age eight he moved to Munich, where he spent most of his time playing soccer, running subversive school newspapers and transcribing Metallica songs for a heavy metal cello quartet he formed with his best friends. Dwyer followed his roots back to the American Midwest for college, studying at the Oberlin Conservatory (B.M. ’07) and the University of Michigan (M.M. ’08; D.M.A. ’12), where he was the recipient of a Javits Fellowship and Presser Award. He spent a year in Amsterdam as a Fulbright Fellow studying new music with Frances-Marie Uitti and baroque cello with Anner Byslma before completing additional graduate studies in the Historical Performance department of The Juilliard School.
Paul is fortunate to have a rich musical life playing both historical and modern cello. He is a founding member of Diderot String Quartet and ACRONYM, serves as Assistant Principal cellist of Lyric Opera of Chicago and teaches at Notre Dame University. www.pauldwyer.net