Paul Martin Zonn, born in Boston, is internationally heralded as an innovator both in composition and in clarinet performance. His musical influences and interests are diverse:

He appeared on stage as clarinet soloist at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood and Ravinia, and with many different styles of musical artists that include the Lenox String Quartet, country music great Vince Gill, the Miami Philharmonic, the Nashville Jug Band, and the New Orleans Eagle Band

He played mandolin at Lincoln Center and the Library of Congress with Julliard Quartet cellist Joel Krosnick.

He played saxophone and slide saxophone in performances and recordings of avant-garde jazz with Anthony Braxton, and was on stage with the Tennessee Dance Theatre and at Opryland playing traditional jazz.

He toured and recorded with fiddle legend Vassar Clements.

In writing about Paul Martin Zonn's music the press has been uniformly exuberant:

"Stretching the definition of music beyond Mozart's wildest dream..." - Colorado Journal

"Composes with virtuousity..." - The New Record.

"Robust enthusiasm, jazz-like passages and expanded tonal resources..." - Las Vegas Sun.

"Compositional standout..." - Chicago Tribune

"New sounds and experiences that evoke images of space and computers..." - Woodwind-Brass-Percussion World

"Inevitably mixed with surprise..." - Clarinet Magazine

"Deliciously artful..." - Musical America


Zonn was the recipient of numerous awards and honors including:

Three Ford Foundation Fellowships
A New York Composers' Forum
A Rockefeller Fellowship to the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at SUNY Buffalo
Two awards from the National Endowment for the Arts
An ACA/CRI recording award
A Berkshire Music Center Fellowship
A Fromm Fellowship
Appointments to the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study
Several awards from the University of Illinois Research Board
Named Composer of the Year in 1992 by the Tennessee Music Teachers' Association
Named Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Miami in 1998




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