Paul Cornish is a pianist and composer from Houston, Texas, who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Growing up in church and studying classical piano lessons from the age of 5, Paul’s musical knowledge spans a great deal in all kinds of musical genres. He studied at the world-renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas which has produced the likes of Walter Smith III, Jason Moran, Eric Harland and Robert Glasper to name a few. Paul’s talents have been heard in Norway, Budapest, Canada, and numerous music festivals and venues across the United States such as Carnegie Hall and Blue Note.
Paul is currently studying Jazz Music Performance at the University of Southern California. With the USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra and Honors Combo, Paul received the Outstanding Soloist award at the 2015 and 2016 Next Generation Jazz Festival. As a composer, he won a gold medal in the 2013 NAACP ACT-SO Competition and was selected as a finalist for the 2014 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Competition. Paul hopes to challenge the mind of the people that hear his music and improve the human condition one ear at a time. Paul is a Yamaha Young Performing Artist and a ROLI endorsee.