Paul Barritt was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He studied with Jaroslav Vanecek at the Royal College of Music in London and subsequently with Orrea Pernel, Sandor Végh and Salvatore Accardo.
Paul Barritt has a varied repertoire comprising the standard classical violin concertos but also encompassing works for violin and orchestra by Martinu, Frank Martin, Lutoslawski, Takemitsu, Schnittke and Poul Ruders. With The Northern Sinfonia he appeared as soloist in Norway and Turkey, and in Japan played the Schnittke Concerto Grosso No 1 at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, in the presence of the Crown Prince of Japan. He is a frequent contributor to both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM as recitalist and concerto soloist.
The scope of Paul Barritt’s musical activities is wide. As well as giving violin and piano recitals and recordings, and frequent chamber music concerts, he regularly appears as soloist and director with the ECO. Notable tours to France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Caribbean as well as in London and across Great Britain have achieved outstanding success.
Paul is Permanent Guest Leader of the Halle Orchestra and in 2018 was the tutor on the Advanced String Chamber Music course at Cubertou.
Paul Barritt plays a Sanctus Serphim violin made c1737.