Violinist, violist and conductor Paul Biss has appeared in recital, with orchestra, and in chamber music performances throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Israel, and Korea.

Biss has participated in numerous festivals as a violinist and as a violist. He was a member of the Berkshire Quartet, and was a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for six summers. He has also appeared at other festivals such as the Ravinia, La Jolla, Lockenhaus, Casals, Naantali, and the Ysaye, at Wigmore Hall.

Prior to coming to NEC, Paul Biss was a professor of violin for more than 25 years at Indiana University, teaching violin and chamber music, and conducting more than a 100 symphonic and operatic performances.

His former students hold positions in major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, and have won prizes in major international and national competitions including first prizes in the Sibelius, Leopold Mozart, and Stulberg competitions.

Recent concerts and teachings have taken Biss to Ireland, England, Brazil and Korea.

B.S., Indiana University, M.S., The Juilliard School. Studies with Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian, and Paul Makanowitsky. Also faculty of Steans Institute for Young Artists-Ravinia Festival. Former faculty of Indiana University, Tel Aviv University, MIT, and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.

Photo by Andrew Hurlbut


  • Mendelssohn Quartet
  • Fine Arts Quartet
  • Alexander Quartet
  • Jonathan Biss, Miriam Fried
  • Christoph Eschenbach, Menahem Pressler, Gidon Kremer, Pinchas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Michael Tree, Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum and Gary Hoffman