Paul Whitman discovered his passion for the guitar at the age of eight when he received a classical guitar album as a present. He was immediately fascinated by the tone and capabilities of the instrument and he soon began taking lessons. After fifteen years of intense study, Paul has expanded his repertoire to include styles of the Baroque, Romantic, Spanish, Latin American and Contemporary works. Paul performs as a soloist as well as frequent performances with various ensembles.
Paul was born in Huancayo, Peru, a city high in the Andes Mountains. Before his first birthday, a family residing in Athens Georgia adopted him. His family encouraged his musical development and during his years in Athens he studied with teachers Vanda Guthrie, Mark Maxwell, and John Sutherland.
In 2007 Mr. Whitman was admitted to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts high school guitar program with scholarship. There he studied under guitar professor Joseph Pecoraro. UNCSA provided Paul with numerous performance opportunities throughout North Carolina as a soloist and with ensemble.
In 2013 Mr. Whitman obtained his undergraduate degree from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. There he studied with guitar department chair Julian Gray. While enrolled at Peabody, Paul also received ensemble coachings from Serap Bastepe-Gray and studied guitar pedagogy with Ray Chester. After completion of his undergraduate degree, Paul plans on taking a year off to study and teach music in Athens, Georgia.
In addition to private study, Paul has performed in master classes for Elliot Frank, Mateo Mela, Andrew Zohn, Valeria Hartzell, Mary Akerman, and Christopher Parkening.