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Portland Early Music Festival seeks funding 

This October, I'm playing at the Portland Early Music Festival. Like so many ventures, they're seeking to raise money through crowdsourcing. That means that you can contribute to make it happen! For more information, click here: 


I've been experimenting with taking non-classical music and transcribing it for harpsichord. There's more to come!

New artist representation! 

Paul Cienniwa is now represented by Jarvis-Lundt early music artists. Click here for more information.

Rare harpsichord recital links music and scholarship 

From the archives:February 1998Rare harpsichord recital links music and scholarship By Justin Urcis for the Yale Herald For some musicians, a recital demands more preparation than practice. When a rare instrument like the harpsichord is involved, even a certain amount of research is even required for the performance. After the harpsichord was gradually displaced by the… Read more

Featured in the Boston Globe 

William Byrd’s endearing — and enduring — song lives on By Matthew Guerrieri  |  GLOBE CORRESPONDENT      FEBRUARY 15, 2014 ARTICLE COMMENTS SUBSCRIBE PHOTO BY HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES   PRINT REPRINTS E-MAIL Share via e-mail   TO ADD A MESSAGE YOUR E-MAIL  Cancel SHARE  … Read more

Review: NBSO offers another dazzler 

SouthCoastToday.comBy Laurie Robertson-Lorant Contributing writer February 12, 2014 12:00 AM The first half of Saturday's program featured Suite #2 from Manuel de Falla's spirited ballet score "The Three-Cornered Hat," and Joaquin Rodrigo's soulful Concierto de Aranjuez — two works whose flirtations with the sexy harmonic minor evoke the exotic cross-cultural currents… Read more

Early Music Thursdays resumes 

The Music of First Church Boston announces Early Music Thursdays Thursdays, 12:15-12:45pm, February 13, 20 and 27; April 24; May 1 and 8 donations accepted First Church in Boston is handicapped accessible For more information, visit   About the series... Boston has long been known for its important role in the modern harpsichord… Read more

Breakfast with Paul: In Memorium 

A number of readers have enjoyed my Breakfast with Paul blog with the Fall River Herald News. The online version of the newspaper recently underwent some changes, and, consequently, all of my previous posts disappeared. Also, the new blog writer does not allow for video embedding. If you were a regular reader, you know that embedded videos were a big part of my "guides to classical… Read more

Website update 

After much delay, I've finally rebuilt my website. Enjoy!

Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place in review 

The original, with reviews of other CD's, is here:     “Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place.” Var comps. Var pieces. Paul Cienniwa (hpsi). Whaling City Sound WCS 059 (1 CD)  “…pour passer la mélancolie.” Var comps. Var pieces. Andreas… Read more

A review from my past life... 

In the early 90's, I played with Baal Tinne, a Chicago-based Irish semi-traditional band. I came upon this review yesterday of an album we released in 1994. If I'm not mistaken, the recording came out in cassette and CD. Now, you can download it. We're gonna party like it's 1994!The Celtic Music Fan, June 1, 2013 Band: Baal Tinne Album: The Haunting Musicians in the album: Noel… Read more

Podcast: Violin Adventures with Rachel Barton Pine 

When I was in Chicago in April to rehearse the Bach Violin Sonatas with Rachel Barton Pine for this month's Boston Early Music Festival, we recorded a podcast for her "Violin Adventures" series. The topic was "To Memorize or Not To Memorize, That is the Question." Click here to listen to the podcast:

By Heart: internalizing music 

As many of you know, performing solo repertoire from memory is a topic that has become very important to me. Over the past year or so, a number of audience members and colleagues have asked about how I memorize. In order to respond to this, I've created a blog, By Heart: internalizing music.  You can visit the blog here: If you're interested in the topic, be sure to sign up for email alerts via the "follow by email" box on the blog.

KRCB interview 

In advance of my performances last week in Sonama County, CA, I was interviewed on KRCB Radio's Curtain Call, a weeky show presented by Charles Sepos--who, I was really happy to learn, had studied harpsichord with Eiji Hashimoto at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. How fortuitous!  Click here to listen to the… Read more

Cienniwa chooses French works for Sunday recital 

The New Bedford Standard-Times March 07, 2013 12:00 AM At 3 p.m. Sunday, Paul Cienniwa, a favorite local musician and choral conductor, will be the featured recitalist in the Music at St. Anthony's program. Complimentary tea and refreshments will be served after the recital at a reception to meet the organist in the church hall. Freewill donations are collected during the… Read more

Assumption College recital in review 

Harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa pays Assumption a visit by Matt Doherty, Staff WriterLe ProvocateurFebruary 28, 2013 A once silent room quickly filled with applause as harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa approached the front of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit Community Room. He stood poised in a navy blazer and collared white shirt as he introduced the first piece he would play for the anticipated… Read more