The violinist Paola Tumeo was born in Morocco, where she began her musical studies at the age of five.
She moved to Italy in 1973 and obtained her diploma in violin in 1983 at the N. Paganini Conservatoire in Genoa under Renato De Barbieri and at the same time at the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg. She has attended courses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena with Franco Gulli gaining a diploma of merit, and for chamber music has studied with Dario De Rosa of the Trio di Trieste and Salvatore Accardo.
Paola Tumeo has won numerous first prizes in both national and international violin competitions (Vittorio Veneto Rassegna 1975 – second prize- 1977 & 1978 – first prize; Pescara 1977; Mozarteum Akademie Competition 1981; M.Abbado 1984) and as principal player in the orchestras of the Arena di Verona, Comunale dell’Opera di Genova and Teatro alla Scala.
In 1984 Paola Tumeo was chosen to represent Italy in Claudio Abbado’s ECYO, European Community Youth Orchestra, with Leonard Bernstein as guest conductor.
Of particular note in 1985, in piano and violin duo she won the RAI (Italian Radio & Television Corporation) chamber music competition held to celebrate the European Year for Music. Here followed a series of recordings for the Italian company Fonit-Cetra: in 1987 the complete works for duo to celebrate the anniversary of Maurice Ravel and also the sonatas of Cesar Franck and Gabriel Faure’ op.13.
From 1987 to 1991 she was a principal player with the productid=”La Scala”La Scala Orchestra in Milan and since 1988 in the same capacity she has played as a guest in the La Scala Philharmonic with Muti, Giulini, Sawallisch, Ozawa, Mehta, Maazel, Chung, Gergiev, Bob McFerrin and Tan Dun; in 2004 under Riccardo Muti in several occasions amongst others at Bosra in Syria for the ‘Vie dell’Amicizia’ concerts organised by Ravenna Festival and in the Far East at Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Goyang Concert Hall (Taipei), Dewan Filarmonik Petronas (Kuala Lumpur); in 2006 on a tour in the United Kingdom with Riccardo Chailly.
Paola Tumeo is one of the few soloists in the world invited to play Niccolo’ Paganini’s world famous Guarneri del Gesu’ violin, known as ‘Il Cannone’ (European Gold medal for performance, art and culture 1989; Christopher Columbus Celebrations 1992 and the Renato De Barbieri commemorative concerts in 1993 and in 2001 in Trento).
Paola Tumeo has performed both in violin and piano duo and as soloist or guest of top orchestras in famous venues such as: Amsterdam Concertgebouw; Yubinchokin NHK television Hiroshima (Peace Concert 1985); Auditorium Foro Italico in Rome; Royal Albert Hall, London; Kunsthaus Luzern; Salle Pleyel, Paris; Musikverein & Staatsoper, Vienna; Teatro Piccolo Regio & Auditorium del Lingotto, Turin; Teatro San Carlo, Naples; Tivoli Theatre, Copenhaghen; Sportshall, Athens; Waldbuhne, Berlin; Palazzo Labia in Venice; Auditorium NRK Oslo; Ciaikovski Hall, Moscow; Expo Auditorium, Seville; Theatre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels; Palais des Congrés, Montreux; Megaron e Erode Atticus, Atene; Palazzo Nazionale Cultura, Sofia; Parco della Musica a Roma, Teatro Greco, Taormina, Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Bridwater Hall, Manchester; St. David’s Hall, Cardiff; Philarmonie Lussemburgo; Teatro Wielki, Varsavia; Lufit Kirdar Convention Centre, Istanbul; Thessaloniki, Megaron; Theatre Paris Chatelet et Champs Elysées, Paris; Opera House, Vilnius; National Concert Hall, Dublino; Teatro Bolshoi, Mosca; Teatro Mariinsky, S.Pietroburgo.
She has made radio and TV recordings with RAI, ORF (Austria), NHK (Japan), NRK (Norway).
Paola was awarded the Liguria Region prize ‘Promessa del Concertismo’ 1977 and the Prize ‘Vivere Donna’ of the Municipality of Genoa in 1985.
Alongside her activity as a soloist she holds Master Classes and advanced courses in Italy and abroad (Conservatoire de Musique J.P.Rameau, Paris; Accademia di Perfezionamemto del Teatro alla Scala etc…)
Since 1984 Paola is resident professor of violin at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin. Since 2010 she is regularly invited to hold Master Classes in Tokio and in Yokohama.
Paola Tumeo plays a Montanari violin of 1988 and a Yamaha Artida 500S violin, of which she became testimonial in 2012, following the Concertmaister of the Wiener Philarmoniker Rainer Kuchl.