Paul Mehlenbeck started violin in second grade, but after several lessons gave it up and didn’t restart until high school. He studied at Sherwood Music School in Chicago with Rudolph Reiner and Edgar Muenzer and entered their collegiate program after graduating from high school.
Paul played in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and gained experience and learned orchestral literature while playing under some of the great conductors who were appearing with the Chicago Symphony such as William Steinberg, Pierre Boulez, Jean Martinon, and Leonard Bernstein.
Upon graduation, Paul continued in the Civic Orchestra while auditioning and working as a caseworker in Chicago. He started playing with the San Antonio Symphony in 1972 and after a year won auditions in Indianapolis and Milwaukee and has been a member of the MSO ever since.
His wife, Kathleen, is a piano teacher and church organist, and they have two sons together. Eric is a graphic designer in New York and Kurt passed away in 2001. Kathy and Paul enjoy the outdoors and spend time camping and riding bikes together.
Paul is also a cyclist and has competed for almost 30 years. He has been a Wisconsin State champion many times and won the silver medal at the national championships in 2000.
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