Paul Meyer was born in Mulhouse, France, in 1965. Following his début performance at the age of thirteen with the Orchestre Symphonique du Rhin, he went on to study at the Paris Conservatoire and at the Basler Musikhochschule. Winner of the French Young Musicians Competition in 1982 and of the prestigious USA Young Concert Artists Auditions in 1984, he went on to give début concerts in New York and consequently met and became friends with the legendary Benny Goodman, whose influence and friendship played an important part in his career and life. As a clarinettist he has appeared with major orchestras in Europe, the United States, the Far East and Australia and now enjoys an extensive parallel career also as a conductor. Paul Meyer has recorded pieces by Mozart, Weber, Copland, Busoni, Krommer, Pleyel, Brahms, Schumann, Bernstein, Arnold, Piazzolla and Poulenc for Denon, CBS, Erato, Sony, EMI, BMG and DGG.