Paul Hurst began his formal training at the piano when five years old, and was teaching, composing, conducting orchestras and playing piano professionally by 17 in the Los Angeles area. Two years later he discovered the beauty and versatility of the harp. With the inspiration and training from harp virtuoso, De Wayne Fulton, a new and exciting musical journey was begun.
Early in his career, he was privileged to play harp with some of the "show business greats" at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, including Diana Ross, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ann Margaret, Paul Anka, and Tom Jones. Hurst applied his experience and a flare for arranging to the harp, and went on to become a world recognized pop harp soloist and music publisher.
Hurst's signature interpretations of classical and popular favorites combined with original compositions and improvisations have thrilled audiences throughout the U.S.A., Europe and Japan. Selections from these performances are available on numerous recordings produced by Hurst's own recording label, Safari Productions. Safari has also released recordings of his symphonic composition, Sequoia Rhapsody, a collection of piano improvisations, Terra Sancta, and George Gershwin's solo piano transcription of Rhapsody in Blue.
Hurst now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home and punctuates his concert tours and active California teaching schedule with writing and recording music. Hurst produced and performed his first Santa Fe concert series at St. Francis Cathedral and Loretto Chapel during the 2003 season, and continued in 2005 with a new series of concerts, performing as soloist on harp and piano and with local guest artists.
He remains an active member of the Music Ministry at St. Francis, now the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe New Mexico, and was commissioned to write a piece to celebrate the elevation of the Cathedral to Basilica, The House of God, Anthem for Choir, Soprano, Harp, Percussion & Orchestra.
As one of the a proud sponsors of the 2005 Santa Fe Film Festival, he was the guest harp soloist at the Sixth Annual Milagro Awards Banquet.
Paul is Musical Director of the Peninsula Musical Arts Association.