Hailed as a “composer with a career to follow” by the Ridgefield Press, Paul Frucht is an American composer whose music has been acclaimed for its “sense of lyricism, driving pulse, and great urgency” (WQXR) and “excellent orchestration” (Ridgefield Press). His music has been commissioned and performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, Juilliard Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Weill-Cornell Music and Medicine Orchestra, Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, American Modern Ensemble, Asian American New Music Institute, percussionist Simon Boyar, Ensemble dal Niente, pianist Robert Fleitz, violinist Hannah Ji, Kyoto International Music Festival, the Les Deux violin duo, LONGLEASH Trio, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki at Bargemusic and at the New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute, Red Note New Music Festival, Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, pianoSonomna Music Festival, , Utah Arts Festival, and the Charles Ives Concert Series in Danbury, CT, of which Paul currently serves as artistic director. Paul is currently serving as the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra's Composer-In-Residence for the 2017-18 season.
Paul has been fortunate to receive several awards for his work, including a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Audience Choice Award from the American Composers Orchestra, a Morton Gould Young Composer Award from ASCAP, a fellowship from the Atlantic Music Festival and the Palmer Dixon, Arthur Friedman, and Gena Rapps Chamber Music Prizes from the Juilliard School. He has received additional recognition from the American Modern Ensemble, Minnesota Orchestra, Nashville Symphony and Periapsis Music and Dance.
Paul is passionate about the role the arts and music play in strengthening communities. In recent years, he has represented the United States at the Kyoto Music Festival and organized the Danbury, CT "Concert Across America to End Gun Violence" to benefit Sandy Hook Promise. In 2015, he launched the Danbury Chamber Music Intensive (CMI), a new program at the Danbury Music Centre of which he currently serves as artistic director. CMI brings exciting, emerging performers and composers to Danbury to work with local aspiring musicians for a week every August. In 2017, Paul launched a side-by-side concert series to CMI, the Charles Ives Concert Series, which celebrates the works of Ives - who like Paul, was a native of Danbury - as well as the works of living American composers and music that transcends classical music's traditional boundaries.
A passionate educator, Paul serves as an adjunct faculty member at New York University's Steinhardt School. He was a teaching fellow at the Juilliard School from 2012-2016 and was an instructor at the Juilliard School's Pre-College Division from 2013-2015. Through his work at pianoSonoma curating the pianoSonoma Young Composer Program, at the WCYO curating the Student Orchestra Reading Program, and at CMI, where he runs the composition program, Paul has made it a priority to provide opportunities to developing composers.
Paul is currently a C.V. Starr D.M.A. candidate at the Juilliard School, where he received an M.M., and he holds a B.M. from New York University. His two principal teachers were Robert Beaser and Justin Dello Joio.