“Paula Pinn is a ‘wild young thing’, yet despite her youth she is a first-rate musician. The recorder player is not interested in security, but enjoys risk-taking – risks she always manages to control. She switches masterfully between Early and New Music, differentiating appealingly between musical styles. Her tone is clear and versatile, her phrasing determined and accentuated, and her playing is imbued with a vivid pulse. Throughout, Paula Pinn’s performances serve a musical expressivity which she comprehends – and seems to embody – wholeheartedly. She lives the music she plays and is capable of communicating with her audience directly. Thus, it is not only her impressive virtuosity and musicality that are fascinating, but also her spontaneity and naturalness.”
— SUSANNE SCHULTE IN HER LAUDATION AT THE 2016 GWK ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD IN MUSIC*
Paula Pinn was born in Münster, Westphalia, in 1998. After training as a junior student with Jeremias Schwarzer and Maurice Steger at the Nürnberg Music Academy, she is currently a student of Dorothee Oberlinger at the Mozarteum University Salzburg.
She has also gathered musical inspiration in master courses with Michael Form, Sabrina Frey, Erik Bosgraaf, Maurice Steger, Hille Perl, Jed Wentz, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and other Early-Music specialists.
Paula Pinn has won numerous awards, including first prizes at the Federal level of “Jugend musiziert”, at the Beethoven Bonnensis Competition in Bonn, at the Vienna International Music Competition, the First Liebenberg Audience Award, the first prize at the Biagio Marini Competition and the GWK Encouragement Award in Music in 2016. The DKB Foundation offered her a scholarship in 2014, supporting her through numerous concert performances as well, e.g. at the Liebenberg Flute Festival in 2015. Special Awards were bestowed upon her by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, the Federal Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth, the Association of German Music Schools and the publishing house Verlag Neue Musik. Most recently, her ensemble Marsyas Baroque was awarded a fellowship of the German Music Council and chosen to participate in the "Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler" (Federal Selection of Young Concert Artists).
In 2017 she was invited as a guest artist to the renowned Early Music festival Trigonale, where she has been re-invited to present a solo project.
Paula Pinn holds scholarships from the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation, the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the German National Academic Foundation. *