Paul Novak (b. 1998) writes music that is lyrical but fragmented, exploring the subtleties of instrumental color and drawing influence from literature, art, and poetry. He has been selected as the recipient of numerous national awards, most recently from the Webster University Competition, Frost Competition, Texas Young Composer’s Competition, Tribeca New Music, Young Composer’s Challenge, and YoungArts Foundation, and has participated in festivals including the first-ever Composer Apprenticeship with NYO-USA, Bowdoin Festival, fresh inc festival, Atlantic Music Festival, BUTI, and more. Novak’s works have been performed and read by ensembles including the Austin Symphony, Orlando Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, NYO-USA, NODUS Ensemble, Sō Percussion, Ensemble Ibis, Face the Music, and Worcester Chamber Music Society.


Originally from Reno, NV, Novak is an undergraduate student at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he has studied with Pierre Jalbert, Anthony Brandt, and Karim Al-Zand.