Paul Cienniwa, Organ
Cited by the Huffington Post for his "inner sense of creative flow, fueled by an abundance of musical imagination and desire," harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa has a burgeoning career as a soloist, recording artist, and ensemble player. He strives to bring the harpsichord to new audiences by creating a spiritual communion through focused interpretations intensified by memorized repertoire.
His playing of Francis Poulenc's Concert champêtre was heralded by the New Bedford Standard-Times as "exquisite—no drama, no posturing—just consummate artistry and a superb performance of a marvelous concerto," and The Boston Musical Intelligencer called his performance of Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in A Major "a joyous romp." His recording with Grammy Award-winning uilleann piper Jerry O'Sullivan was named one of the top ten Irish traditional albums of 2010 by The Irish Echo.
A frequent chamber music collaborator, he has performed the complete Bach Violin Sonatas with renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine on Chicago's WFMT radio and during the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival. As an orchestral continuo player, he plays with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.
A resident of Fall River, Massachusetts, Paul Cienniwa leads an active musical life in southeastern Massachusetts and the Boston/Providence regions. He is Chorus Master of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, directs the chorus at Framingham State University, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. As organist and conductor, he is music director at First Church in Boston, where he leads the fully professional First Church Choir and can be heard weekly on WERS (88.9 FM) Boston. He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in harpsichord from Yale University in 2003.