BIOGRAPHY

Paul Heyman (06.09.1994) is a cellist from Belgium.

He is mostly active as a soloist and in chamber music. With more than 40 concerts per year he 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 piano trio Aries and plays in the Sonoro string quartet.

Recent and future highlights are concerts in prestigious venues and festivals like Bozar, De Bijloke, Miry Concertzaal, Klarafestival, Klara in de Singel, Amuz, Festival van Vlaanderen Kortrijk, B-Classic, Klassiek Leeft Knokke, Beethoven festival Bonn, Nationale opera Amsterdam, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden, Arte Amanti festival, Festival en Poitou, the spring concert at the Royal Palace in Brussels, La Seine Musicale in Paris, a series of concerts sharing the stage with cellists Roel Dieltiens and Amy Norrington, and a debut CD-recording with Trio Aries in de Singel in Antwerp.

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.
A release concert took place in the Miry hall in Gent on the 16th of March 2019.

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 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, Exqi Culture, Musiq’3), as well as on SWR, NDR, DakApp and Medici.tv.

At an early age Paul studied with the great Belorussian pedagogue Vladimir Perlin, whose fundamental methodic and ideology formed the basis of Paul’s cello playing.

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.