Paul Bedell has been adjunct faculty for double bass at the University of Richmond since 2005. Bedell obtained his Bachelor of Music Performance degree as a cellist at the University of Nebraska and his Master of Music Performance at the University of Wisconsin. He has also studied with Warren Benfield of the Chicago Symphony.
Prior to his appointment to principal double bass of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in 1983, he was the assistant principal bass of the Omaha Symphony. Bedell was a fellowship student of Stuart Sankey at the Aspen Music Festival for five summers as well as a member of the Aspen Chamber Symphony and Festival Orchestras. Recent performances include being the featured artist with the Richmond Chamber Players Interlude 2001, which included the Prokofiev Quintet; the "Trout" Quintet with the Shanghai String Quartet; and at ChamberFest 2002. As a soloist, Bedell recently performed Mozart's "Per Questa Bella Mano" with the Richmond Symphony. He can be heard on recordings of Ginastera's "Variaciones Concertantes" with the Richmond Symphony as well as the Dvorak "Serenade" with the National Chamber Players.
Bedell is particularly interested in the performance similarities and differences between the violoncello and double bass. He maintains his cello playing with the Silverleaf String Quartet. He recently performed on both instruments in the same concert with the Richmond Symphony at the Cello's Charms concert.