Office: Seminary 353
Southeast Missouri State University
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Paul Thompson was born in Manchester, England in 1960, and commenced his studies with Rainer Schuelein at the London College of Music, and with Alain Marion, professor at the Paris Conservatoire, on a French Government Scholarship. Subsequently, he received his Master’s in Performance with Robert Goodberg at the Institute of Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Additionally, he worked in masterclass with Trevor Wye, Donald Peck, Eugenia Zukerman, Louis Moyse, and Robert Dick, and received chamber music coaching with Rostislav Dubinsky, the Fine Arts Quartet, and the Kronos Quartet.
Mr. Thompson has held teaching positions at the London College of Music Junior Department, Cornell and Colgate Universities in New York, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and Murray State University in Kentucky. He has been Instructor of Flute at Southeast since 1991. His students have won numerous competitions, appeared in masterclasses with many of the world’s outstanding flutists such as Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, Goran Marcusson, Jim Walker and William Bennett, and have been accepted into prestigious graduate programs throughout the U.S.
As a performer on modern flute, he has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and his native England, including concerto performances and numerous premieres of New Music. He has been a featured performer at National Flute Association Conventions in Dallas and New York City, and has recently performed in Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and in many locations in Missouri.
During the summer of 2009, Mr. Thompson was a featured soloist in the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra's tour of China, gave a masterclass at Shanghai Normal University, and subsequently performed at the Festival de Musique Ancienne in Saint Savin, France. Additionally, he is featured in the new Kingsbury Ensemble CD recording of works by Handel and Caldara due for release on the Naiad label in August 2009.
As a Baroque flutist, Mr. Thompson has studied with Christopher Krueger, Konrad Hunteler, Barthold Kuijken and Jed Wentz. He has been a participant at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute on four occasions, and in 2008 attended the International Baroque Institute at the Longy School of Music. He appears with the period instrument groups, the Southeast Baroque, St. Louis Baroque, and the Kingsbury Ensemble.
Office phone: (573) 651-2333