Paul Brust received the Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University, the Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has taught at the Manhattan School of Music, Boston University,The Wang Center for the Performing Arts and currently teaches at the Longy School of Music of Bard College (MA), where he received the 2004 George Seaman Excellence in the Art of Teaching Award. In 2003 he was Co-Director of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Composition Program, and presently serves on the faculty of the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, where he is also Resident Conductor. Mr. Brust studied composition with John Harbison, Leonardo Balada, Marjorie Merryman, Richard Cornell and Ursula Mamlock, among others, and conducting with Paul Dunkel and David Hoose. His works have been performed throughout the U.S. and in Canada, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico and Switzerland. Such organizations as the Music Teachers National Association, Alea III, Piano Duo Lafitte, Longy Conservatory Orchestra and the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival have commissioned him, as well as numerous performers.
Additionally, he has written orchestrations and incidental music for Boston area theatre companies including the American Repertory Theater and Emerson Stage, and has composed the scores for three original musicals. His music has been broadcast live over Radio France and Wisconsin Public Radio. An accomplished conductor, he has led the premieres of over 60 new works, including orchestral. Honors include the Kahn Career Entry Award for the Arts, a Ragdale Foundation Residency, the ASCAP-Raymond Hubbell Music Scholarship Award, semi-finalist status in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Young Composers Competition and a Music Award nomination from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.