Paul has written music for orchestras, ensembles, theatre, the opening of a bridge, the topping-out ceremony of a building and the bicentenary celebrations of a city.
Paul creates music to be performed live in concert and also electronic works. His compositions have been played in a diverse range of venues, including the Assembly Rooms - Edinburgh, Avery Fisher Hall - New York, the Barbican - London, Blairdrummond Safari Park, the Crucible - Sheffield, an Olympic Torch ceremony, Poole Harbour and the Wigmore Hall.
In 2012 Paul won a British Composer’s Award (BASCA) for his composition The Chimpanzees of Happytown, which was recently recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, with Paul as narrator, and is due for release in 2016.
Paul's music has been performed by the:
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Bruckner Symphony Orchestra Linz
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic
Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Paul specialises in writing music to engage young people - either in listening to professional musicians or performing with them. As Children's Composer in Residence for Music in the Round he has created a series of interactive musical stories for Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives.
His composition SUPERSONIC, commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, was written to enable thousands of school children to perform with the musicians of the LSO. Designed as an interactive sequel to Benjamin Britten’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra, SUPERSONIC was recorded for Teachers' TV in the UK and won a Royal Television Society Award in 2008.
Recent projects include a concert suite inspired by Alice in Wonderland for the LSO, theatrical chamber music for the Aurora Orchestra and vocal music for 16 Singers jointly commissioned by the Theatre Royal Bath and Dance Umbrella.
Here are a selection of tracks by Paul Rissmann.
More are available to listen to on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and Soundcloud.