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Born in Derry, Paul Cassidy won numerous national competitions including the All-Ireland before gaining a scholarship to study at the RCM in London. Further scholarships took him to America and Germany where he studied with Donald MacInnes and Bruno Giuranna. Paul has often appeared as guest principal in many of the UK orchestras but the main thrust of his career has been the Brodsky Quartet of which he has been a member for 36 years; making more than 60 CDS and playing over 3000 concerts in no fewer than 50 countries worldwide. For 25 years Paul played on the Britten Viola, given to him by Sir Peter Pears. He now plays on the La Delfina Viola courtesy of Senora Entrecanales.