Dr Paul Tkachenko

Paul was born in the UK, but he grew up in Australia, Hong Kong and Germany. His long and diverse career as a musician took him to venues around the world. A genre-hopping multi-instrumentalist tuba/double bassist who sings, he has performed on a number one hit record and played live on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 4. Paul has performed with Japanese virtuoso violinist Taro Hakase on double bass. He played bluegrass banjo solos in Nashville, Greek Rebetiko in Istanbul, Balkan dubstep on the tuba at Glastonbury Festival, sung in Russian and Yiddish as a soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, played piano and musically directed a 7 month sell-out show in London, played trumpet at Shakespeare’s Globe and performed Victorian Music Hall comedy songs at the Queen’s Jubilee on the accordion.


Paul’s MA dissertation on Turkish Nationalism in music was published in 2005, and he completed a PhD on the London Klezmer scene in 2013 at City University, London. He has taught from Primary to University level and comes to Wellington from The International School of Moscow where he led their highly successful instrumental programmes and conducted the orchestra.


When not playing music and spending time with his two children, Paul enjoys long-distance running and has completed several marathons.