"The first thing that struck me about Ayumi's playing, next to the distinction and vocalness of her tone, was the transparency of her rendition. For her, listening and being aware of her surroundings almost seem to be more important than her own creation of sound. But while, still listening and in a state of dreaming vigilance, she appears to be searching for her place in the music, she is already influencing the sound of her fellow musicians in a soft but persuasive manner. With her, every piece of music becomes more refined, precise and beautiful." (Peter Uehling, Music Critic for Berliner Zeitung, May 2012)

Ayumi Paul is a Berlin-based violinist, composer,  and artist who presents her work in concert halls as well as in spatial installations and performances for museums and galleries worldwide. Experimenting with multiple forms, she embodies a genre transcending practice while developing site-specific work and concert programs that engage philosophical, environmental and socio-political phenomena within a holistic context. In recent years she has focused on developing her practice by investigating the possibilities of installation and the aural environment.

Projects of the  2016/2017 season include the presentation of I HEAR LIGHT (sound installation/ performance) at Kunsthalle Osnabrück;  "To the birds- Concerto di Natura" at Villa Lena (concert/installation) developed in collaboration with visual artist Sarah Illenberger; several solo recitals with works by Johann Sebastian Bach and new works written for her by Leonie Roessler, Elliott Sharp and Richard Reed Parry; and performances of "Solo for Ayumi" by Ari Benjamin Meyers at Esther Schipper Gallery. Works in progress include FORGIVENESS (co-direction/composition/performance) together with dancer Iyar Elezra and a commissioned work by composer Hanna Hartman.

In 2015, the critically acclaimed Hotel Zauberberg, a duo recording with world renowned jazz pianist Aki Takase, was released on INTAKT Records. She also founded Amaebi, a duo for violin and turntables with media artist Achim Mohné.  

Ayumi Paul studied violin at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and violin and voice at Indiana University. Her teachers have included Brigitte Schoen, Ursula and Werner Scholz, and Mauricio Fuks. In 2003 she made her solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonic and since played at halls including Barbican Hall London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel Paris, Tonhalle Zürich;  and festivals including Aldeburgh Festival, Bahrain Music Festival, Holland Festival, Nuits De Fourviere, Grec Festival De Barcelona, and Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Museums she performed at include the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, MAXXI Museum Rom, Blockhouse Gallery Tokyo and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.  

Ayumi Paul performs on a violin by Giovanni Baptiste Gabrielli from 1750.  

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