Paolo Bordignon is harpsichordist of the New York Philharmonic and performs in 2019-20 with Camerata Pacifica, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Florida Orchestra. He has appeared with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Knights, and with the Sejong Soloists on a Trans-Siberian Arts Festival tour.
He has collaborated with Sir James Galway, Itzhak Perlman, Reinhard Goebel, Paul Hillier, Bobby McFerrin, Midori, Renée Fleming, and Wynton Marsalis. Festival appearances include Aspen, Bard, Bay Chamber, Bridgehampton, Jackson Hole, Palm Beach, and Vail. He has appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, NPR, the CBC, and on Korean and Japanese national television.
Paolo has worked with composers such as Elliott Carter (performing Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano for the composer’s 90th birthday celebration), David Conte, Jean Guillou, Stephen Hartke, Christopher Theophanides, and Melinda Wagner. For the opening of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, he gave the east coast première of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra. With the Clarion Music Society, he gave the world premiere of several newly-rediscovered chamber works of Felix Mendelssohn.
Paolo has performed organ recitals at venues such as St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York and St. Eustache in Paris, and he has been a regular organ recitalist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including a 10-recital residency in 2010-11. As interim Organist and Choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York, he helps oversee one of the nation’s pre-eminent church music programs.
Born in Toronto of Italian heritage, Paolo received his early musical training at St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School before attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School.