Paul, a baritone trained in Bel Canto, began singing at an early age, his true calling came in officiating as a junior Hazzan in his home town Bogota, Colombia, at High school for the 500 students under the inspiration of his teacher and first mentor
Rabbi Dr. Meir Gurevich זצ״ל
and the German shul his parents were members at, he is second generation of Holocaust survivors. Paul at early age 17 was soloist of the several choirs he sang with, and even then for a short while, directed a Youth Choir for weddings at the Sephardic Synagogue by invitation of Chief Rabbi David Sharabani
. The former Cantor Joachim Preuss
זצ״ל at his Synagogue, originally from Danzig, showed the way of the German tradition. Later, Chief Rabbi Alfredo Goldschmidt mentored him also in the Eastern Ashkenazic tradition.
Having trained as a Dentist and obtaining a DDS degree from the Pontifical Xavierian University, with a dissertation in Music Therapy, he combined his dental practice and took over the part-time position Cantor Preuss left when becoming ill and frail in 1986, while also contributing as a certified translator English-Spanish-English to his father's well established translations office, later creating a specialised company (Trasalud) that offered simultaneous interpretation in Dental congresses and translations to the major pharmaceutical companies based in Colombia.
Paul studied two years at Yeshivot in Jerusalem, Liturgy, Talmud, Jewish Law and Philosophy together with voice lessons and private coaching, later, he pursued advanced studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary in N.Y. in the same fields, all this convinced him that a life in prayer was his primary vocation, and is dedicated full-time to this since 1996, and has since then occupied positions as Spiritual Leader serving Synagogues in Colombia, Ecuador, the Great Synagogue of Stockholm and now the prestigious
Belsize Square Synagogue in London .
Paul since then sung at various events and concerts in the presence of Royalty, Nobel Prize winners, Presidents, Prime Ministers and other dignitaries, and at Westminster Abbey in commemoration of Holocaust Memorials, as well as having sung live on TV and given interviews at radio programs.
A member of the Cantors Assembly 1998-2020, and presently of the European Cantors Association since 2013. Considers himself a guardian of the Western European tradition, specialised in singing music by composers Salomon Sulzer, Eduard Birnbaum, Samuel Naumbourg and naturally, Louis Lewandowski. He also has an immense affection for Ladino,
a language close to the seven he speaks, and for the history of the Sephardic diaspora of which he has written and given numerous lectures and concerts.
Paul is the proud father of Yohel and Michelle both graduates of Regent's University, London.