Paul Fleury, Principal Cello(back to musicians page)
“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.”
Paul has not cut his hair in 17 years.
Paul is a hybrid cellist, highly skilled in classical, jazz improvisation, rock, and Blues/R&B. He has performed with many orchestras worldwide; touring, recording and performing with them. He makes his home in Orlando, FL and currently sits principal cellist with five orchestras, as well as performing with many others in the area. He includes the internationally-acclaimed Mantovani Orchestra in this list; touring in Asia, with several other tours planned in the coming year. He has performed in venues that range from Carnegie Hall to jam sessions throughout the world, and is highly respected in the musical community for his versatility. He has had his professional career stretch for 30 years, and did his first concerto with the Florida Symphony Orchestra at age 12. By the age of 14, he was being hired by professional contractors locally, further advancing his career before beginning high school. His Broadway touring credits include Aida, Sound of Music, Les Miserables, Lion King and others as principal cellist.
In addition to his classical career, his mainstream career started promptly after college when he was offered an international tour with the Mantovani Orchestra, an orchestra for which he still sits principal chair. His discography now includes such names as Shinedown, Gloria Gaynor, Wayne Gratz, Matchbox20, Primary Colorz, Creed, Irene Cara, and Rod Stewart, to name a few.
Paul continues to tour as principal cellist with such names as Rod Stewart, Page & Plant (Led Zepplin), Natalie Cole, Moody Blues, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Shirley Jones, Robert Goulet, TSO, Donna Summer, Dennis DeYoung (STYXX), Chicago, Led Zepplin Live, Johhny Mathis, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, including solo duets on stage with Peter Cetera, Clay Aiken, Bernadette Peters, and others. Upcoming tours this year bridge the gap into Latin, Fusion, and Funk with several top names in the industry.
With over 200 compositions in his library, and close to 300 arrangements, he continues to push the limit with mainstream and pop music, bringing it into the libraries of classical musicians. His compositions have been used on television, radio, independent movies, government public relations, military commercials, and the Olympics. In 2006, he began to author and publish literature for cello technique, releasing his Scale Book for cello, Exotic Scale books for cello, violin and viola, as well as a Dexterity Manual for left-hand technique as a means of maintaining the traditions of classical music and ensuring greater accessibility to instructional material.
Paul also has extensive experience teaching private students and groups, conducting, competition preparation, and general instrumental teaching. He teaches a limited studio of private students focusing primarily on competition preparation. For the past 14 years, he has been teaching and conducting large groups, small groups, and ensemble classes. For the last ten consecutive years, Mr. Fleury’s students have won 146 of 178 first place trophies for National Federation of Musicians State competitions. His students continue to dominate All-State Orchestras, youth, and school orchestras alike.