Paul Dab has been a dedicated musician since his grandparents first took him to piano lessons at the age of four. He attended Los Angeles public schools and was fortunate to participate in some of the city’s most vibrant school music programs. For high school Paul attend the Hamilton Performing Arts Magnet where he played piano and percussion in jazz band and violin in orchestra. He was the piano accompanist for musical theatre productions and jazz choir and concerto soloist with the orchestra.
In 2011 Paul graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he studied piano with Dr. Craig Nies. During his time there, Paul continued to study solo piano music and collaborate with other musicians. He worked as a staff accompanist, was part of a piano trio that won the Tennessee Music Teachers Association chamber music competition, and received the Gall-Martin Collaborative Arts Scholarship. Paul graduated with highest honors in his class and served the community through musical philanthropies. He performed music for patients at local hospitals with Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and was a volunteer piano teacher to underserved youth at the W. O. Smith Community Music Center. He also spent a summer as an artistic administration intern at the Nashville Symphony.
Paul complemented his degree program with summer study and travels abroad. He spent a semester in Vienna studying piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts and a semester at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. He attended symphony, chamber music, and opera performances in destinations around Europe and visited the homes and museums of some of the world’s greatest composers. In the summers, Paul participated in intensive piano workshops at the International Keyboard Institute of Mannes College and the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.
In 2012, Paul moved to San Francisco to study with Dr. Sharon Mann at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He completed a Master of Music degree in piano performance in May 2014. He enriched his study of solo piano music by continuing to collaborate with string players and singers and he participated in the conservatory’s community service program by performing concerts for elderly and disabled people. Paul was an intern with the Cypress String Quartet during the 2013-2014 year and compiled the curriculum for their largest educational outreach program Call and Response. During the winter of 2013-2014 Paul was living artwork in a conceptual art exhibit by Jason Lazarus. He practiced piano in a gallery at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and engaged with visitors about the nature of practice and their reactions to the exhibit.
Paul currently teaches private piano lessons at the San Francisco Community Music Center. In his lessons, Paul emphasizes a well rounded approach to piano playing that includes harmonic analysis, listening skills, composition and improvisation, and effective communication of musical ideas. Paul also works as a teaching artist in the San Francisco Opera Guild’s Book to Bravo program. He visits a classroom once a week for a ten week term to compose and produce a musical theatre piece based on a book from their curriculum. In 2014, Paul co-founded and performs regularly with the Fete Concert Series in venues around the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Working with coloratura sopranos Chelsea Hollow and Anne Smith and composer Eric Choate, Fête Concerts celebrates the lives of great composers while educating and entertaining through discussion and musical performance.