Paul Witney is a composer, musician and educator, with his works being in demand both nationally and internationally. He has studied with some of the finest Contemporary Australian Composers, including Nigel Butterley and Michael Smetanin.
Paul is enthusiastic about working with musicians of all levels of ability. He has been commissioned and had works performed by many professional ensembles, including The Sydney Chamber Choir, The Sydney Alpha Ensemble, The Song Company, The Aark Ensemble, The Zurich Ensemble for New Music, The Western Australia Symphony Ensemble and Australia Pro Arte.
Paul has also been active in continuing to compose for young musicians. Commissions for school ensembles include St Aloysius College to commemorate the school’s 125th Anniversary, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta to commemorate their 125th anniversary, Tara Anglican College Choir as well as community work such as a Mass setting for commissioned by Fr. Arthur Bridge and Ars Musica Australis. Paul has a continuing interest in collaboration with other artists, including visual and performing artists as well as other composers. His association with various national and international musicians has resulted in international premieres and performances of his works in places such as the Ukraine, Canada, USA, Holland, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney.
During his time spent in Regional Australia, Paul was active in composing new music inspired by the local region, its landscape and its people. His interaction with local and indigenous Australians has led to exciting developments in new works with an Indigenous focus and historical inspiration. Paul is currently the Director of Music Performance at Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta.