Paolo Paolantonio is a doctoral candidate in the Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (London) supported by a McFazdean Whyte Award. In 2013, he completed a Master of Advanced Studies in Research Methods in the Arts in Lugano. He is currently involved as a research associate in Art for Ages, a project designed within the interdisciplinary artistic research axis of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland and realized in collaboration with the university’s Department of Business Economics, Health Care and Social Science as well as the Royal College of Music London. Paolo’s PhD is closely related to this project, as it aims to study the experiences of people engaged in musical activities in nursing homes, in particular the extent to which these activities may affect the musical habits of older adults on the one hand and the professional outlook of those music students who provide the musical interventions on the other. Beside this project, Paolo is interested in community music.
In 2012 he began to create outreach events in nursing homes, music shops and small communities. In 2014, he developed a research module related to audience development and offered to Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana students. Based on these experiences and on a wide net of colleagues from different areas, he is currently developing a module aiming to offer students competences to create and provide community music activities.
In addition to his research, Paolo is also active as a freelance musician and teacher. As a classical double bass player, he has a Bachelor and two Master of Arts (Performance and Pedagogy) degrees. He also has an extensive professional experience as jazz musician and electric bass player. As a performing musician he has collaborated with numerous orchestras and jazz bands, performing many with renowned conductors and soloists. At the same time and he has been a committed double bass teacher for almost 20 years. Currently he is also teaching music history in the Pre-College Department.