Paolo Bordignon is the harpsichordist for the New York Philharmonic. In the 2022–23 season, he appears with the Philadelphia Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Mark Morris Dance Group; Camerata Pacifica; and the New York City–based orchestra The Knights. Recent engagements include performances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians, the All-Star Orchestra, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, ECCO (the East Coast Chamber Orchestra), and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He’s also appeared at the Bard Music Festival in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; on the Parlance Chamber Concerts series in Ridgewood, New Jersey; and at festivals in Aspen, Bridgehampton, Jackson Hole, Palm Beach, and Vail. He’s also been a frequent recitalist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he’s held a 10-concert residency.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Bordignon has collaborated with musicians such as Sir James Galway, Itzhak Perlman, Reinhard Goebel, Paul Hillier, Bobby McFerrin, and Midori as well as Renée Fleming and Wynton Marsalis at The Juilliard School’s 100th Anniversary Gala. He’s also appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, NPR (including on the shows Pipedreams and Performance Today), the CBC, and Korean and Japanese national television. A recent appearance on the Great Performances: Now Hear This on PBS was hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “among the highlights of the show.” In 2003, he gave the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra for the opening of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
Bordignon also serves as the organist and choirmaster for New York City’s St. Bartholomew’s Church, overseeing one of the nation’s preeminent church-music programs and performing on one of the world’s largest musical instruments.
Paolo Bordignon was born in Toronto of Italian heritage. He attended St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School before attending the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He’s an associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music and a fellow of The Royal Canadian College of Organists, and he earned both a master’s and a doctoral degree from The Juilliard School.