Dr. Paul Abegg is Associate Professor of Music at Utah Tech University where he serves as String Studies Coordinator, teaches violin, and conducts the Utah Tech Symphony Orchestra (UTSO) and Utah Tech Chamber Orchestra (UTCO). He has also taught at Brigham Young University and Olivet College (MI). Dr. Abegg has presented master classes at Eastern Washington University, Whitworth College, Western Kentucky University, Utah Valley University, and Brigham Young University Idaho and served as an adjudicator at numerous competitions and festivals in Arizona, Maine, Michigan, Utah, Washington and Nevada. His students have won awards and have been accepted at prestigious music schools and festivals such as Boston Conservatory, Michigan State University, National Orchestral Institute, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and Brevard Music Center.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in violin performance. He received a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University in violin performance and pedagogy. He has participated in master classes with Shinichi Suzuki, Daniel Heifetz, Joseph Silverstein, Zvi Zeitlin, and Charles Castleman. Teachers include Percy Kalt, Nell Gotkovsky, Harry Kirby, Roy Malan, Walter Verdehr, I-Fu Wang, and Robert Dan.
As a soloist he has performed recitals throughout the United States as well as in Japan, Brazil, France, and England. His Chamber music experience includes studies at Kneisel Hall (ME), and performances with the Colson String Ensemble in France. He has performed with the Lansing, Jackson, Flint, Kalamazoo, Flagstaff, Utah, Ballet West, Phoenix, Spokane and the Malaysia Philharmonic symphonies. In 2007 he performed in the Northwest Bach Festival under the direction of Gunther Schuller. His participation in orchestra festivals include the Gilmore Piano Competition Orchestra (MI), Pine Mountain Music Festival (MI), Brevard Music Center, (NC), National Orchestral Institute (MD), Great Music West Festival (UT), Bear Lake Music Festival(UT), and the Grand Teton Music Festival Seminar, (WY).
Dr. Abegg has recorded extensively for film and television scores including “Gettysburg” and NBC’s “Hercules.” His recordings can be found on Tantara Records and Koch International. He has performed with Manheim Steam Roller, Donny Osmond, Peter Cetera, Natalie Cole, and Marvin Hamlisch and classical artists which include Audra McDonald, Leon Fleisher, Marilyn Horne, Peter Serkin, Ellen Zwilich, Fredricka Von Stade, Mark O’Connor, Peter Schickele, Elmar Oliveira, Cathleen Battle, and Gil Shaham.