Paul Unger is currently the Assistant Principal Bass of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with the New World Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic.
An accomplished bassist and composer, Mr. Unger has appeared as a featured soloist with the Fort Worth/ Dallas Ballet, the Mount Vernon Chamber Music Players, Spectrum Chamber Music and the Mimir Chamber Music Festival. His diverse abilities have also allowed him to perform and/or record with such artists as Elle King, Kevin Eubanks, Cheryl Bentyne, Bob Newhart, Bernadette Peters, Jay Clayton, Suzi Stern, Bobby Shew, Marcel Ivery, Andrea Bocelli, Weird Al Yankovic and The Who.
Paul’s teaching credits include the University of North Texas, orchestral repertoire class from 2000-2004, being the assistant to Joel Quarrington at the Mont Orford Arts Centre in Quebec from 2010 to 2013 and he was Instructor of Double Bass at Texas Christian University from 2004-2008. Mr. Unger regularly teaches masterclasses in both classical and jazz bass playing. Some of the places he has done masterclasses include Oklahoma City University, Willamette University, Portland State University, Clackamas College, Lewis and Clark College,
International Society of Bassists Conference 2009, Texas Bass Symposium 2015 and
Jazz Education Network International Conference in 2018.
In 2015, Mr. Unger won two awards from the Fort Worth Weekly. One for “Best Bassist” and one for Flipside as “Best Jazz Group.”
In addition to his work as a performer, Paul wrote and directed the multiple award winning film, “The Last Supper”, which appeared in over a dozen festivals, worldwide, including the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2012 he produced the award winning “Symphonic Shorts” (a 10 part series on the musicians of the FWSO), and composed music for the feature film “Seventy-Eight”.