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Liner and Program Notes
Paul Fleury grew up on the cello, starting at the age of 6. He has been a professional musician for the past 27 years, teaching for the last 10. He has performed around the globe with several orchestras and acts, including the Mantovani Orchestra. He is currently principal cello of 5 orchestras. He has been a noted soloist with many orchestras around Florida. In addition to classical, Paul has performed on Broadway with Aida, Le Miz, Lion King, Sound of Music, and frequently tours with names like Led Zepplin, Bernadette Peters, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Chicago, and has 64 albums in his discography. In addition to cello Mr. Fleury has over 250 arrangements and compositions, and is a published author on cello method. His compositions and technique books are used internationally and his compositions have been heard in the Olympics, Television, and Movie Scores.
Page Bio (Mainstream)
Paul is a hybrid cellist, and highly skilled in classical, jazz improvisation, rock, and Blues/R&B. He has performed with many orchestras worldwide; touring, recording and performing with them. He makes his home in Orlando, FL and currently sits principal cellist with five orchestras, as well as performing with many others in the area. He includes the Internationally acclaimed Mantovani Orchestra in this list; touring in Asia, with several other tours planned in the coming year. He has performed in venues that range from Carnegie Hall to jam sessions throughout the world, and enjoys it entirely too much. He has had his professional career stretch for almost 28 years, and did his first concerto with the Florida Symphony Orchestra at age 12. By the age of 14, he was being hired by professional contractors locally, further speeding his career before starting high school. His Broadway touring credits include Aida, Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Lion King and upcoming West Side Story as principal cellist.
In addition to his classical career, his mainstream career started quite promptly after college, when he was slipped a tour package for an Asian tour underneath a stall while changing in the bathroom for a performance. He started exploring improvisation at open microphone events in local establishments, and almost immediately started recording with local bands. His discography now includes such names as Shinedown, Gloria Gaynor, Wayne Gratz, Matchbox20, Primary Colorz, Creed, Irene Cara, and Rod Stewart, to name a few. His discography now includes 69 albums.
In addition to the honor of being selected by Violectric as principal cellist, and lead arranger, Paul continues to tour as principal cellist with such names as Rod Stewart, Page & Plant (Led Zepplin), Natalie Cole, Moody Blues, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Shirley Jones, Robert Goulet, TSO, Donna Summer, Dennis DeYoung (STYXX), Chicago, Led Zepplin Live, Johhny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, including solo duets on stage with Peter Cetera, Clay Aiken, Bernadette Peters, and others. Upcoming tours this year bridge the gap into Latin, Fusion, and Funk with several top names in the industry.
Paul wrote his first cello fantasy with full orchestra at an early age, and became addicted to the science and math of music.
With over 200 compositions in his library, and close to 300 arrangements, he continues to push the limit with mainstream
and pop music, bringing it into the libraries of classical musicians. His compositions have been used on television, radio, independent movies, government public relations, military commercials, and the Olympics. Not to neglect classical music, he is now a published author of cello technique, releasing his Scale Book for cello, Exotic Scale books for cello and viola, as well as a Dexterity Manual for left-hand technique. Being an avid collector of sheet music and paper ephemera, Paul is amassing the largest online library of music in the world, which will soon be released as www.dollarsheetmusic.com.
Paul also has extensive experience teaching private students and groups, conducting, competition preparation, and general instrumental teaching. He teaches privately in Gainesville with Gainesville Suzuki Players and in the Orlando/Winter Park area, stretching to Clermont, Daytona and Ocala; and is associated with Maitland Suzuki School. For the past 11 years, he has been teaching and conducting large groups, small groups, individual instruction, and ensemble classes. He also acts as assistant conductor for both the Hausmusik Orchestra and the Young Artist Orchestra in Gainesville. For the last ten consecutive years, Mr. Fleury's students have won 146 of 178 first place trophies for National Federation of Musicians State competitions. His students continue to dominate All-State Orchestras, youth, and school orchestras alike.
He can always be found at www.cellopro.net
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"This is a very special cellist." ~Mstislav Rostropovich
"What the heck? You made a cello sound like a French Horn?" ~Ed Krout
"I have performed 'Lover' throughout the world, but this (with Paul) was the best performance." ~Clay Aiken
"I might have written this piece for you to play." ~Peter Cetera
"Ummm....No way. That was...wow." ~Rob Thomas
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