Paul Cantelon is an American composer of film scores and contemporary classical music. 

Born in Glendale, California, Paul was a music prodigy who made his violin debut at the age of 13 at UCLA's Royce Hall and, inspired by the work of Donalee Reubenet, he also studied piano with Andre Gauthier at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in Switzerland, Jacob Lateiner at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City, and Vlado Perlemuter at the Conservatoire de Paris. 

In the early 90’s, Paul formed the much adored Los Angeles band Wild Colonials with singer Angela McCluskey, recording two albums for Geffen Records and performing with such artists as Joe Cocker, The Kinks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Clinton, Rickie Lee Jones, King Crimson and Ry Cooder. The Wild Colonials recorded two albums for Geffen, selling in excess of 500,000 units. 

In 1995, after composing a special centenary score for the Eisenstein classic silent film, Battleship Potemkin, Paul finished a new collection of works for solo piano and piano trio, opening the Montreux Jazz Festival. These works were met with much critical acclaim from artists as diverse as Pete Townsend, Chick Corea, and Phillip Glass. 

Cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, recently accompanied Paul for an exclusive performance of Paul’s original compositions, as well as works from the standard cello/piano repertoire. 

In 2005, Paul began his venture into film with Liev Schreiber’s Everything Is Illuminated and has since gone on to score such films as Julian Schnabel's award-winning Diving Bell And The Butterfly , Justin Chadwick's The Other Boleyn Girl, Oliver Stone’s W.,  Shekhar Kapur and Anthony Minghella's New York, I Love You, Tony Goldwyn’s Conviction, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, Woody Allen: A Documentary, Geoffrey Fletcher’s Violet & Daisy, and Emma Thompson's Effie Gray.  Paul has also contributed original music to the late Jonathan Demme’s film The Master Builder,  MORE TO ADD HERE

At the BAFTA Q&A for Effie Gray

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