Cellist Paul Wingert is a native Detroiter who joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in December 1979. Previously, he was a member of the cello section of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. He attended Cass Technical High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. The winner of both the 1974 and 1975 Michigan Youth Arts Festival concerto competition, he was also a concerto winner at Interlochen Center for the Arts with the World Youth Symphony in 1974.
When not performing with the DSO, Paul is active as a chamber music recitalist. He collaborates with numerous DSO musicians to present concerts throughout the metropolitan area. He has also performed as a soloist with numerous community orchestras.
Wingert regularly serves as a music coach in area high schools. He also teaches cello privately and has served as a member of the Musician Education Committee. Additionally, he founded the DSO Civic String Quartet and has served as one of the coaches since 1996.
Wingert has two children, Jennifer, who is becoming an accomplished cellist, and Andrew, who shows some promise as a baseball pitcher. His wife, Karen, is also an accomplished cellist. Wingert enjoys attending baseball games and is an avid gardener. In addition, he is handy with the hammer, and has built an attached greenhouse to his home so he could enjoy gardening all year round. Paul has a special interest in growing and breeding Bromeliad plants. He has registered 15 of his own hybrids to date. His competitive entries at the 2004 World Bromeliad Conference earned him the prestigious Sweepstakes Award. He has been engaged as a guest speaker by garden clubs from Port Huron to Chicago.