Paul Vaillancourt (DMA), Professor of Percussion at Columbus State University, has been a featured soloist with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic, the National Arts Center Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and at the Banff and Aspen Music Festivals. Other concerto performances have included Michael Daugherty’s Raise The Roof with the CSU Wind Ensemble and Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with the CSU Philharmonic, and the Guanajuato Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico.
He has had various performances broadcast by NPR, CBC and Radio-Canada and is in demand as an instructor and composer of Scottish pipe band drumming. He is a founding member of several innovative contemporary music ensembles including The Furious Band, the Fountain City Ensemble and STRIKE with pianist Jeff Meyer, with whom he has premiered works by Alexandr Radvilovich, Brian Cherney, J. M. David, Chen Yi, Daniel Koontz, Perry Goldstein, Daniel Weymouth, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Matthew Welch, Brooke Joyce, John Fitz Rogers, and many others, in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Russia and Thailand.
Reviews of STRIKE’s latest CD project Convergence describe “Vaillancourt’s beautiful marimba sounding miraculously even and effortless”. STRIKE tours of China and Russia included performances at the Beijing Modern Music Festival at the Central Conservatory, Tianjin Conservatory and SoundWays New Music Festival in St. Petersburg. A recent tour of Thailand included performances at the Thailand International Composers Festival and at universities in the greater Bangkok area.
He and his wife Andrée Martin (CSU flute faculty) premiered an entire program of newly commissioned works for flute and percussion at Sound Symposium IX. He also premiered new works for percussion at Sound Symposium XIII in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
As a conductor, Vaillancourt has given the U.S. and world premieres of chamber works by Brian Cherney, David Lang, Steven Gellman, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Eric Moe, John Parcell, Sidney Hodkinson, Jack Beeson, R. Murray Schaeffer, Wayne Peterson, Sergio Assad, Fred Cohen, Jefferson Freidman, Nico Muhly, Dan Trueman, as well as the opera Comala, by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Vaillancourt contributed to the commercial recording of the opera (Bridge Records) as a performer, which earned the composer a Pulitzer Prize nomination in 2010. He also lead recent productions of Les Misérables, Shrek, the Musical and Mary Poppins at the Springer Opera House in Columbus, GA, and will be directing Beauty and The Beast and Sweeney Todd this coming year.
He has released several recordings as director of the Columbus State University Percussion Ensemble, including: Matt Welch’s The Self and The Other, a double concerto for bagpipes and piano with percussion ensemble (Dream Tigers-TZADIK), Eric Moe’s I Have Only One Itching Desire (Strange Exclaiming Music, American Classics-NAXOS), and the ensemble’s first full length disc entitled Shifting Cells (Albany Records), featuring new works written for the ensemble by Nico Muhly, Jim David, Robert Rumbelow, and Brian Cherney. Their second disc is due for release in 2016 and will include new works by composers Wayne Peterson, Sergio Assad, Fred Cohen, Matthew Welch, Dan Trueman and Jim David.
He recently produced an entire disc of chamber music by Eastman School of Music faculty composers Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and David Liptak, which was recently released on Ravello Records.
While completing his D.M.A. at the State University of New York in Stony Brook studying with legendary pedagogue Raymond DesRoches, he performed regularly with Pulse, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble and the Orchestra of the S.E.M Ensemble.
Vaillancourt has recorded for Luminescence Records, Parma, Ravello, Albany, CRI, Tzadik, Naxos, New Chris Records (Live In The Studio-with the jazz trio BE3), Alien Jazz with the Robert Orr Trio. He is a Pearl/Adams Education Artist.