Born in France in 1986, Paul Richard started the saxophone at the age of eight and gained a place at the Conservatoire National de Region de Besançon in 2002. He obtained his bachelor of Musicology from the University of Franche-Comté in 2007 and was awarded the First Prize in the same year for Chamber Music. After four years of studying with Cécile Dubois, a highly recognized saxophone teacher in France, he obtained his Diploma of Musical Studies for Saxophone (First Prize of the Conservatoire) in 2010 and was awarded the First Prize at the Music Competition of Epinal (France) in the same year.
After finishing his studies at the Conservatoire in France, Paul moved to South Africa where he taught Saxophone at the Durban Music School and at St Mary’s DSG in Kloof. Willing to carry on his studies, he decided to register at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, where he obtained distinctions for his BA Honours in Saxophone, Composition and Chamber Music with Academic Honours in 2013 and completed a Masters of Music (Saxophone and Composition) thhe following year.
Paul won the Seventh Grahamstown Music Competition, which took place in June 2012.
Constantly seeking for new repertoire for his instrument, he works closely with South African composer Hannes Taaljard and premiered some of his works in 2013 as well as works by Clare Loveday the same year and in 2015.
With a passion for conducting, Paul has conducted various windbands and orchestras as well as a choir in 2009. He has also composed pieces for various ensembles, a Musical Comedy in 2008 for the Music School of Arbois (France) and pieces for solo instruments.
An experienced ensemble performer, Paul is a member of the Connection Saxophone Quartet – a quartet that combines saxophonists from France and South Africa.
Paul started teaching saxophone and theory in numerous music schools since 2006 and is currently teaching Saxophone and Clarinet at Woodridge Preparatory and College in Port Elizabeth.
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