Paul Rosenthal's early years as an aspiring violinist were extremely fortunate. He began playing very early, soon was following a course of study with America's most renowned teachers, Dorothy Delay and Ivan Galamian, both at the Juilliard School, and later receiving lessons for three years with the great Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California.
His first visit to Alaska in 1966 convinced him that he and his violin could happily thrive in such a place with such an audience and, after coming North for a few more visits and performances, he and his wife Linda (whom he met as a fellow student in Heifetz's class) moved to Fairbanks in 1969.
Traveling and performing around the great state was, and remains, a tremendously rewarding experience for both of the Rosenthals. Through the years Paul has found scope for a large number of musical activities, including teaching for some years at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and later at the University's Anchorage campus. He has also been much in demand as a performer and teacher outside of Alaska, and every year finds him traveling with his violin a great deal to many distant places in and out of the United States. His greatest musical pride and pleasure has come from forty years of putting together and performing in an outstanding festival of chamber music in Sitka, which, over the years has expanded to include performances all over Alaska with a large variety of friends and colleagues.