First Prize at Tokyo 4th International Oboe Competition, Second Prize (First not assigned) won at the Munich 42th Internationaler Musikwettbewerb with the “Bibiena” Quintet, with which in 2003 he was also assigned the prize “Abbiati” by the critics.
Through these prestigious awards, Paolo Grazia has given his great contribution to enhance the tradition of Italian woodWIND instruments. After graduating in 1985 with top marks and honours at the “G.B.Martini” Conservatoire in Bologna, Italy, he then studied with Ingo Goritzky at the “Hochschule fur musik” in Stuttgart and with Hansjorg Schellenberger at the “Accademia Chigiana” in Siena.
Paolo has won prizes at numerous national and international competitions as a soloist and also as a member of chamber music ensembles, among which: Ancona, Martigny, Palmi and the Milan Atkinson Competition.
Paolo has played as a soloist and both as a member of the “Quintetto Bibiena “ and of many important chamber ensembles and has toured extensively in Europe, Canada, United States and South America. Since 2001 he is a regular guest in Japan where he plays in concerts and teaches masterclasses at various Japanese universities and at the “Hamamatsu wind festival”.
Principal Oboist of the “Orchestra Giovanile Italiana” from 1984 to 1986, in 1988 he won the competition for Principal Oboist at the “Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di S. Cecilia”. The following year he was appointed the Principal Oboist of the “Orchestra Comunale di Bologna, a post that he is still holding at present. As a soloist, Paolo has performed under the baton of some of the most prestigious conductors, such as Kakhidze, Inbal and Daniele Gatti. The latter has also composed a “Divertimento” for oboe and orchestra especially written for Paolo Grazia, which he performed at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, conducted by Gatti himself. As Principal Oboist, Paolo has collaborated with many different orchestras, such as the “Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala”, the “Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di S.Cecilia”, the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra”, the City of Birminghan Simphony Orchestra” and the“Chamber Orchestra of Europe”, with whom he was also guest soloist. He has also worked extensively with other important Italian chamber ensembles, such as “I Solisti Veneti”, the “Orchestra da camera di Mantova” and “I Solisti di Pavia”. At present, Paolo is a resident professor at the “Scuola di Musica di Fiesole” and he regularly gives masterclasses in Italy and all around Europe.
Paolo has recorded for Rai, Raisatshow, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Baden Baden Radio. He has also recorded the Mozart “Concerto in A major K314” and a CD, “Fantasie”, based on Donizetti’s arias for Agorà Records. He also recorded the Complete Vivaldi Oboe Concertos (for the Tactus label) together with the “Ensemble Respighi” and three unpublished concertos by F. Margola. Paolo Grazia plays a Yamaha Yob 831 GR.