Paul Lamstaes

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Saxophone

Location: Birmingham Conservatoire

Born in Paraguay, South America, adopted very young, and raised in the UK, Paul Lamstaes is an incredibly unique musician. Raised by his American mother, his father, originally from France, and growing up with his sister, also adopted, from Brazil, Paul sees the importance of his cultural background in developing his personality and musicianship to this very day. This has led him to be a musician intending to develop the awareness of music and its impact in society through solo performances and collaboration. He strives to create new and further opportunities within the arts that are accessible to people of all backgrounds.

     He began the saxophone at aged ten due to his older cousin starting lessons. His determination to play something almost bigger than himself has subsequently led him to meet some of the most esteemed saxophone players and teachers. Paul currently studies at master’s level with Naomi Sullivan, at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. This is where he also achieved a place on exchange at the Eastman School Music, studying with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. During this time, he performed as a member of the renowned Eastman Saxophone Project and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Previously, Paul completed his bachelor’s at the Royal College of Music, with Kyle Horch.

     Chamber and ensemble music have led him to perform at internationally recognised concert venues in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and the United States. In the UK, Paul has performed at Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. He also performed at the World Saxophone Congress, 2018, in Croatia, with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Ensemble.

     Paul has won and received numerous grant awards, winning the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire saxophone competition, in 2016. He is currently generously supported by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire scholarship, Help Musicians Postgraduate Award and the EMI Sound Foundation. Previous awards include from the Tillett Trust, John Clemence Charitable Trust and John Booth Trust. Thanks and appreciation goes towards these generous funding bodies.