MusiciansOakley Paul

Oakley Paul is a Perth born-and-raised double bassist, and is passionate for all orchestra and chamber projects. Oakley involves himself at every opportunity to expand his repertoire, consistently learning and developing skills from professionals surrounding him.

Already having a musical background, Oakley commenced double bass lessons in high school where he learnt from Mark Tooby. It was at this time, Oakley was introduced to Tait Bass no. 2, an instrument from local maker Andrew Tait, which he has had the privilege to loan and use in his extensive musical journey.

In 2019, Oakley commenced his undergraduate study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) under tutelage of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Bass Andrew Sinclair. In 2021, Oakley was a finalist in the Warana Concerto Competition held at WAAPA, where he performed Koussevitsky's Double Bass Concerto with orchestra.

Over the last few years in Perth, Oakley has had the opportunity to work with many ensembles and orchestras, including the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, Cygnus Arioso, Orchestra Collective, WA Philharmonic Orchestra, and St Georges Chamber Ensemble. Oakley has also held principal positions with the West Australian Youth Orchestra (WAYO), and all of WAAPA’s classical ensembles.

At a national level, Oakley has also been a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2021, and participated in their annual National Music Camp (2018-21).

Most recently, Oakley has had the opportunity to perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as a casual musician. This has included working with many guest artists based around Australia, including their renowned Principal Conductor Asher Fisch.

Oakley is currently in his first year at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) studying under the widely recognised bassist Damien Eckersley. He eagerly looks forward to the very exciting opportunities that ANAM and Melbourne have to offer.

FROM: Perth, WA. Lands of the Noongar people.

Financial assistance supported by ANAM Primo donor - Simon Lee Foundation

Photo credit Pia Johnson


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