Paul Barker is a freelance composer and teacher who studied music and orchestration with the UK composer Patrick Stanford in the United Kingdom. He specializes in piano and composition and also holds a degree in music education and a diploma in music from the World Music Foundation.
Many of his works, such as Roquiem, MASSive, Paradise Park, Christmas Spirits and Images of Christmas, have been published and performed around the world and he has also written for major events such as the Hong Kong World Environmental Conference.
He was placed first in the UK Songwriting Contest and represented Hong Kong with a first-place award in the International Music Aid Competition. His repertoire includes three full musicals, including Paradise Park which reached the finals of the Vivian Elis Prize Competition in London, and work for theater, radio, video in the UK and Middle East. He was recently commissioned to compose repertoire for the Nuvo Instrumental Company. His choral works have been performed by leading choirs around the world including the Australian Youth Choir, International Schools Choral Music Society Choir in Asia and St. Viktor Kirche Choir in Germany. He has worked with leading contemporary composers such as Karl Jenkins and Christopher Tin.
He now runs his own iStage Academy dedicated to music, drama and dance in Shanghai and was recently commissioned to compose MASSive for the ISCMS in South Korea. He is featured on Spotify and iTunes with three albums.