Paul Osterfield was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1973. Spending his formative years in Northeast Ohio, he composed and performed as a cellist throughout middle school and high school, in addition to studying violin, piano and conducting. His early efforts as a composer were recognized in 1990, when the United States Copyright Office and the Library of Congress awarded Osterfield first prize in their Young Creators’ Contest. The following year, that winning work was performed by the Cleveland Orchestra on their Family Key Concert Series.

Since then, Osterfield’s compositions have continued to receive performances both internationally and throughout the United States. Recent European premieres are Peter Sheppard Skaerved’s performance of Twenty-Four Caprices for Solo Violin at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival and the University of Nebraska Kearney Trio’s performance of Beneath the Veiled Light at the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia. Osterfield’s music has been performed throughout the United States by ensembles including the Great Noise Ensemble, the Blakemore Trio, neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, wind ensembles at the College of Wooster, Capital University, Otterbein University, the University of Georgia, Arkansas State University, and Middle Tennessee State University, and four premieres by the Stones River Chamber Players. Osterfield has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and has won Middle Tennessee State University’s Outstanding Creative Arts Faculty Award, an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and awards from BMI, ASCAP, and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Osterfield’s works are available on the Albany, Equilibrium, Ravello, and Navona labels. Of Osterfield’s orchestral work MonadnockAudiophile Audition‘s critic Daniel Coombs writes: “Osterfield has a very colorful and sensual style of orchestrating that would remind some of that of his teachers….This is really a dramatic and impressive work.”

Also maintaining an active career as an educator, Osterfield is Professor of Music at Middle Tennessee State University, where he teaches music composition and theory. He has given composition seminars and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the southern United States. Having earned degrees from Cornell University (D.M.A.), Indiana University (M.M.), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (B.M.), Paul Osterfield’s primary composition teachers have been Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Eugene O’Brien, Frederick Fox, and Donald Erb.

Albums

Dimensions Vol. 3

Release Date: September 11, 2020
Catalog Number: nv6311
21st Century
Orchestral
Flute
Orchestra
The third installment in Navona Records’ series for orchestra is here: DIMENSIONS VOL 3, featuring the work of contemporary composers Michael G. Cunningham, Andre’ Godsey, Miguel Matamoro, Paul Osterfield, and Eric Simonson. Harnessing the power of a concert hall full of virtuosos performing original compositions from today’s composers, DIMENSIONS VOL 3 packs a powerful punch.
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Quadrants Vol. 2

Release Date: September 14, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6184
21st Century
Chamber
String Quartet
With QUADRANTS, Navona Records presents six of today’s best modern string quartets that meld the old with the new, combining traditional forms with contemporary influences to present expressive, emotional works that both make and break the mold. QUADRANTS VOLUME 2 seeks to bring the emotive works of six contemporary composers together, with each work communicating both deeply personal and universal messages. These messages are made all the more potent when expressed through the multifaceted voice and intimate setting of the string quartet -- in this case, the acclaimed Boston group, the Pedroia String Quartet.
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Tomorrow’s Air

Release Date: September 8, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6108
21st Century
Orchestral
Large Ensemble
Orchestra
Navona Records is proud to present TOMORROW’S AIR, a collection of contemporary music for large ensemble, written by composers in a variety of styles and genres. Listeners will recognize several names as PARMA regulars, including Daniel Perttu, Hans Bakker, and Paul Osterfield.
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PARMA Music Festival Live 2014

Release Date: June 9, 2015
Catalog Number: NV6002
21st Century
Chamber
Orchestral
Cello
Orchestra
14 concerts, 12 venues, 4 days. The 2014 PARMA Music Festival featured a diverse range of events, from concert performances of orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and jazz groups, to an outdoor presentation of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and panel discussions about music licensing and multimedia composition, as well as improvised collaborations between indie rockers and classical instrumentalists.
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Sound and Fury

Release Date: November 11, 2014
Catalog Number: NV5978
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Piano
Piano Trio
From the serenity of the Smoky Mountains to the abstraction and boldness of Kandinsky's paintings, composer Paul Osterfield's debut solo Navona Records album SOUND AND FURY pulls inspiration from several experiences which the composer translates into refined, stimulating, and expressive chamber pieces.
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Spellbound

Release Date: May 1, 2013
Catalog Number: NV5911
21st Century
Orchestral
Large Ensemble
Orchestra
From mythic origin stories, to the Elizabethan stage, to the modern cinema, the human experience is bound in storytelling that has the power to captivate minds and inspire creativity. Like a good story, the composers featured on SPELLBOUND transport the listener across landscapes only limited by the imagination. These new works for orchestra behave as narrative arches, allowing tension and emotion to build and release to a euphoric conclusion or a haunting realization.
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Fire & Time

Release Date: May 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5871
21st Century
Orchestral
Orchestra
With FIRE & TIME, Navona presents a compilation by six American composers of orchestral works united by an expansive and sublime musical vision. With programmatic influences ranging from Jungian philosophy to musings on ancient Korean art to descriptions of contrasting mountain vistas, each piece on this album asks us to not only reflect on our collective past but our communal future as well.
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