Paul Searle -Barnes studied Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge and then the piano with Kendall Taylor at the Royal College of Music in London. Since winning the Dudley International Piano Competition and a Maisie Lewis young Artist’s Award, which sponsored his debut in the Purcell Room, London, he has performed as soloist throughout Great Britain, in France, Spain, Poland, Finland and Canada, playing on television and radio in this country, Poland and Canada. He has performed as soloist with both the Bournemouth Symphony and Sinfonietta Orchestras, the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican, London.
He has accompanied various artists, both vocal and instrumental, in the Purcell Room and Queen Elizabeth Hall, on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and in recitals throughout the UK. He has also accompanied auditions for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia. He has performed regularly as orchestral pianist with the BSO, has appeared as such on a televised BBC Prom (Carmina Burana), broadcasts both live and recorded (including Petrushka) and recordings (eg Bernstein’s Fancy Free for which he was given a credit). He has also performed with Kokoro, the contemporary music ensemble of the BSO and has performed chamber music with many and varied groups of musicians.
For nearly 10 years he was an examiner for Trinity College, London, in the UK, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong and, of course, Malaysia.