Paul Marquardt was born in Baltimore. His creative influences include Western concert music, world music, jazz, mathematics, computer science and eastern philosophy. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His composition teachers include Samuel Adler, Robert Morris, Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson and Salvatore Martirano. He has received awards from ASCAP (Piano Etudes, 1991) and BMI (HEADSPIN for 8 saxophones and 2 amplified pianos, 1987). He was a member of the BONK Composers’ Collective as a composer and performer. As a pianist, he has played an extensive array of 20-century solo and chamber music. As a member of the THUMP Piano Duo with composer-pianist Drew Krause, he has performed and recorded a large repertoire of duo piano music. They recorded a CD released by Frog Peak Records featuring their own works and works written for them. Mr. Marquardt also recorded Eric Richards’ 3-piano work “The Bells Themselves: Jonathan Edwards and the American Songbook” for New World Records. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and works as a System Engineer for a large financial institution. His current creative focus includes music written and performed by computers, music for solo instruments and small ensembles, and computer-generated visual works.