Paul Nemeth, Associate Principal


Paul Nemeth joined The Florida Orchestra as associate principal bass in 2023. Born in Syracuse, NY, Paul grew up in Princeton, NJ, and studied at the Juilliard School, Yale University and Northwestern University, where he received his doctor of musical arts degree. His principal teachers and mentors have been Orin O’Brien, Donald Palma, Andrew Raciti and Paul Ellison. 

In addition to performing with The Florida Orchestra, Paul has performed with orchestras that include the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and New World Symphony. Paul previously served as principal bass of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in Annapolis, MD, and performed in their first European tour of Spain, performing in Madrid, Valencia, Zaragoza and Granada. 

While living in Chicago, he was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and went on to join The Orchestra Now (TON) at Bard College, where he regularly performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His festival performances include the Lucerne Festival Academy, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Pacific Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, White Mountains Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival. As a music educator, Paul has held teaching positions at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, the Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme and Yale College, where he taught undergraduate students. 

Paul lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and their guinea pigs, Fei Long and Xiao Xiong. Outside of performing, he enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors. Paul is also passionate about researching the historical literature written for the double bass and has edited a number of works written for the double bass. For information on his current projects and research, please visit his website at