Minnesota native Paul Macres is a bassist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed with many ensembles across the country, including the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Internationally, he has played guest principal bass with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), and has toured across the globe with the Verbier Festival Orchestra.
Paul often spends his summers performing in Colorado, with both the Breckenridge Music Festival and Colorado Music Festival. Other summer engagements include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and the Lakes Area Music Festival.
An active teacher in the greater New Orleans area, Paul has held positions at numerous schools and creative arts organizations throughout the city. Currently, he teaches at Alice Harte Charter School, the Homer Plessy School, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra, and New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts. Paul also maintains a private double bass studio out of his home.
Paul holds a Bachelors of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, a Masters of Music from Rice University, and a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. This is Paul’s fourth season with the Birdfoot Festival.