Paul Beaudoin

Photo: Dimitri Rappu

Composer, ECU member since 2020
Born on 10.04.1960

Paul Beaudoin was born in Miami, Florida (USA), and received a scholarship to attend the University of Miami. Beaudoin later moved to Boston where he attended the New England Conservatory of Music and Brandeis University where he received his PhD. His music has been performed internationally and released on several recordings. He has taught music and art at several institutions and has an interdisciplinary approach to creative work. After a decade of scholarly work in Estonia and a Fulbright Scholarship in 2015, he
relocated to Tallinn, Estonia in 2018.

Over the years, Beaudoin has worked with many of the luminary composers of the 20 th century – John Cage, Milton Babbitt, Morton Feldman, Michael Finnissy, and Martin Boykan. He was an active conductor of New Music in the Boston area and a member of the Boston section of the League ISCM. He has written for many ensembles and soloists, and his music is available on various labels.
Paul’s early work was deeply influenced by the serialist aesthetic and as a continuation of the American Academic school. His music is technically
demanding yet; it is always in the service of profound expression and drama. Many of his works employ razor-sharp musical language, but it is never without exceptional clarity, formal structure, and expressive content.
He has taught at Northeastern University, New England Conservatory of Music, Brandeis University, Rhode Island College, The Boston Conservatory, Fitchburg State University, Tallinn University and the Eesti Kunstiakadeemia.
His subjects are Music Composition and Theory, Beethoven, History of Jazz, Performance Art, History of Contemporary Art, Music and Art Appreciation, Skills in Classroom Teaching and Preparing Public Presentations. Beaudoin is an innovator in online education, having worked in this area since 2005. His teaching strategies have been publicly recognised and are frequently consulted as best practices.
In addition to being an active composer, Paul is well known for his theoretical work and expertise in interdisciplinary studies. His interests span everything from popular culture and technology to esoteric musical aesthetics. He is active as a writer, critic, and public speaker for music and the arts. He is as ready to talk about the mathematical structures of György Ligeti’s music as he is the films of the Fluxus movement or the musical explorations of Björk. His written work appears in many publications covering music, the arts, education, and the philosophy of creativity.
While his professional life has focused on music, Beaudoin is also an internationally established visual artist, writer, educator, and public speaker.

Since leaving academia, Paul works fluidly with aspects of minimalism, serialism, drone/ambient sound, and sonic installations, a broader expansion of his expressive palette. His music is as likely to be heard in an art gallery as a concert hall. As an interdisciplinary artist, Beaudoin often turns to video, painting, or the written word as ways to continue his musical thought yet remaining rooted by his musical foundation.

Commissions and performances from the Lydian String Quartet, Fenwick Smith (flautist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Guy Livingston (for Wergo Records), Ian Pace (City University London), Wellesley Composers Conference New Music Ensemble, Dance Department at Tallinn University, Heaven’s Trumpet.

Sound Installations at the Pirita Convent, Lembitu 5, Eesti Kaasaegse Kunsti Muuseum, Heino Eller Music School, Tallinn University, and performances
by movement artist Kaspar Aus.

Music in the U.S.A.: A Documentary Companion. NY, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Fulbright Scholarship, Dept. of Fine Arts, Tallinn University Blackboard Innovative Teaching Award – Online teaching design
Exemplary Course Award from the Massachusetts Teaching Online
Excellence in Teaching Award, Northeastern University
Composition fellowship/residencies: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Festival at Sandpoint, Wellesley Composers Festival, June in Buffalo, MacDowell Colony, Milton Avery School of Fine Arts/Bard College

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