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 received numerous national awards, most recently from the Texas New Music Ensemble, Tribeca New Music, Webster University Competition, Frost Competition, Texas Young Composer’s Competition, 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 by ensembles including the Austin Symphony, Orlando Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, NYO-USA, Amaranth and Rosco Quartets, NODUS Ensemble, MotoContrario Ensemble, Ensemble Ibis, Face the Music, and Worcester Chamber Music Society; as a collaborator, he has worked on interdisciplinary projects with Rice Dance Theatre, poets Ming Li Wu and Erica Cheung, and the Bowdoin Museum.


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.