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Pemi Paull

Canadian Viola Society
A versatile soloist and chamber musician, and a specialist in both new and early music, Pemi
Paull is a true 21st century artist. He is the founder and artistic director of Warhol Dervish, an
original and unorthodox chamber music collective based in Montreal.

Pemi's activities have brought him to the forefront of Canada's contemporary music world,
where he is a member of two important new music ensembles, Bradyworks and SMCQ. In
addition, Pemi has premiered works for viola by composers including Scott Godin, Andre
Ristic, Rose Bolton, Emily Hall, and Nicolas Gilbert, Michael Oesterle, and Tim Brady.
Pemi frequently collaborates with musicians outside of the classical world, such as Richard
Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, Chilly Gonzales, Patrick Watson, Lukas Ligeti, and has recorded
with artists like Socalled, Barr Brothers, Hey Rosetta, to name a few.

With growing frequency and critical acclaim, Pemi is one of the few violists in the world to
present full programs of unaccompanied repertoire for viola, covering more than three
centuries, from the early baroque to new commissions.

In the sphere of historical performance, Pemi is a member of Ensemble Caprice, with whom
he has recorded seven discs for Analekta, winning one Juno (Canadian Grammy) in the
process, as well as Daniel Taylor's Theatre of Early Music. He also appears regularly with
Tafelmusik in Toronto. His first solo album, Music of Shadows, has been released in the spring,

Pemi has been president of the Canadian Viola Society since June 2016.