Paul Terracini is an Australian conductor, composer/arranger who returned to live in Australia in late 2007 after nearly 20 years living and working in Europe. He has held permanent positions as Principal Trumpet in the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (1975-1979); Lecturer in Trumpet, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and Big Band at the QLD Conservatorium of Music (1982-1988); and Solo Trumpet in the Danish Chamber Players, Denmark (1991-2007)
Since concentrating on composing, his music has been performed by, amongst others, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass, The Prague Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. His music was also featured at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in 2010. He has been guest professor and conductor at several conservatoriums in Europe and China. He has conducted ten CDs with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, as well as working as an opera conductor at the Rossini Festival in Germany, as an opera and orchestral conductor in Denmark, and as a guest conductor in Italy. For the last ten years he has written and conducted a great deal of music for film and television, which is now heard throughout the world. His music for the two part television series, "Hymns of the Forefathers I&II", received international acclaim and was released on CD and DVD by EMI. His title music for the international television series, "Classical Destinations," was featured on the "Number 1 Classical Album of 2007", released by Decca.
As a trumpet soloist Terracini has performed in Europe, USA, England and Asia. In Australia, he has appeared as trumpet soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, QLD Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
For 16 years he was Chairman of the Storstroms Symphony Orchestra, in Denmark. As a member of the Danish Chamber Players, he performed all over Eastern and Western Europe, South America, and Asia.
He has recently been appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and is in constant demand as composer, guest conductor and instructor in a wide range of musical activities. He is also a theologian and church historian presently researching his PhD on the influence of the Social Gospel in 20th century Australia.