Paul Kantor

Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Music (Violin)
BMus (1977), MMus (1978) The Juilliard School

1121 Alice Pratt Brown Hall


Paul Kantor, appointed in 2012 the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin, joined the Cleveland Institute in 2002. His impressive musical career includes serving as chair of the String Department at the University of Michigan for 13 year and, prior to that, concurrent appointments at the Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory and Yale University.

Kantor began his career as concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, first violinist of the New Haven String Quartet and subsequently, the Lennox String Quartet. He was appointed concertmaster of the Laussane Chamber Orchestra in 1989 and for the past 32 years he has been an artist and faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he has been concertmaster of both the Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony, Chair of the Musicians Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees.

In 1994 he gave the world premiere of  Dan Welcher’s Violin Concerto, (subsequently recorded with Larry Rachleff), as well as the world premiere of John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices. Mr. Kantor has recorded for CRI, Delos, Mark, and Equilibrium Records.