Paul Heyman (06.09.1994) is a cellist from Belgium.
He performs as a soloist and in chamber music, and is one of the most active musicians in Belgium. Paul plays recitals in duo with pianists like Işil Bengi, Yannick Van de Velde and Wouter Valvekens. He is a member of Sonoro Quartet and Trio Aries.
Recent and future highlights are concerts in prestigious venues and festivals like Bozar, De Bijloke, Klarafestival, De Singel, Beethoven festival Bonn, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tivoli Vredenburg, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden, Liszt Academy in Budapest, National Concert Hall in Dublin, West-Cork chamber music festival, Festival van Vlaanderen, B-Classic, Klassiek Leeft Knokke, Arte Amanti festival, Festival en Poitou, the spring concert at the Royal Palace in Brussels, La Seine Musicale in Paris, and many more.
After having graduated with Raphael Wallfisch in Zürich with the highest distinction(100%), Paul went on to study with France Springuel in Belgium, and at the Philippe Jaroussky academy in Paris. He also studied the baroque cello with Roel Dieltiens.
Paul has followed masterclasses with, ao. Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Alexander Rudin, Arto Noras, Pieter Wispelwey, Leonid Gorokhov, Vagram Saradjian, and Natalia Gutman.
In 2019 Paul was chosen as the laureate of the Belgian foundation ‘Swuk Vlaanderen’, an organization which supports young Flemish artists with the start of their professional careers. Thanks to the generous support of Swuk, Paul recorded his debut album in duo with pianist Isil Bengi, with Belgian romantic works for cello and piano, on the label Etcetera.
In 2021 Paul recorded his second album ‘Awakening’ with Trio Aries, with works by Scriabin, Suk, Schubert and Mendelssohn, to great critical acclaim.
He is a prize winner of several national and international competitions, such as the Dexia classics music competition, the Rotary competition and Prix International Edmond Baert in Belgium, the Bartók World competition in Budapest, the Semper International Music competition in Italy, the Verao Classico music prize in Portugal, and the Supernova-competition organized by the Belgian national radio (Klara and Musiq’3).
Paul has appeared several times on Belgian radio and television, both performing and in interview (Klara, Canvas, Musiq’3, La Trois), as well as on SWR, NDR (German Rundfunk), France Musique, RTE (Irish national Radio), Medici.tv and many more.
Paul Heyman plays on a cello made ca. 1740 by J.C. Hoffmann, who was the main provider of instruments to J.S. Bach in Leipzig.