Paul Glaser was born into a family of music and theatre with the classical composer Werner Wolf Glaser as his grandfather. He studied music and several instruments early on. He started his professional career as a trained classical dancer after graduating from the Royal Swedish Ballet School. He was awarded the Carina Ari Award upon his graduation. He also studied with Robert Denver in New York. During these years he also studied voice and theatre.
His international career spans well over 35 years and incorporates just about every aspect of the performing industry.
He has worked professionally as dancer, singer, actor, director, choreographer, composer, music producer, light- and sound-designer, writer and teacher.
While in school he was performing in productions such as Verdi’s FALSTAFF or ONEGIN by Tchaikovsky at the Royal Swedish Opera.
During this time he also acquired an education in singing and acting which led him to the role as “Baby John” in his first production of WEST SIDE STORY, the next time he is to play it, many years later, it will be as the lead role “Tony”.
After this first production, Paul is cast as “Frits” in the production of PELLE SVANSLÖS at the famous Oscars Theatre in Stockholm. At the same time, he is seen in a number of commercials in cinemas all over Scandinavia.
Paul gets offered a unique contract at one of the largest theatre’s in Sweden as both a singing- as well as a dancing soloist. He remains in this contract for three years performing in many ballets, operettas, and musicals, amongst others LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with the Swedish star actor and singer from INGMAR BERMAN’s “Fanny and Alexander” Jan Malmsjö, before accepting a contract from the Hamburg production of CATS.
Also here Paul gets offered a unique contract. Never before had the singing role of “Rum Rum Tugger” been offered in the same contract as the dancing role of “Mr. Mistoffelees” worldwide.
Prior to moving to Hamburg Paul is offered the job as Choreographer and dancer for the Swedish TV series “Solstollarna” where he worked with stars such as SAMANTHA FOX, MANDY SMITH or the Swedish star LENA PH.
After CATS Paul returned to Sweden to play “Jack” in INTO THE WOODS. Then back to Germany for another production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES followed by “Seymour” in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at the famous Kina Theatre in Stockholm. “Ritchie Valence” in the Hamburg production of BUDDY HOLLY STORY, “Romeo” in SHAKESPEARE & ROCK’N’ROLL in Berlin, “Danny” in GREASE in Düsseldorf and Berlin as well as “Riff Raff” in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW.
Soon after he arrived in Germany Paul was offered a recording contract with EAST WEST RECORDS and a publishing deal with MCA where he released his first single VOICES. Parallel to his engagements in musicals Paul grew into being a sought-after composer and songwriter and was hired by companies like NIKON, CASIO, VW to name a few to write corporate songs and music for launches and other events. He also composed music for the show “Yma” at FRIEDRICHSTADTPALAST in Berlin and for films such as SHUT (in which he also acted a lead role) or PROFILE OF FEAR as well as for the national TV station NDR and for a long row of plays for THE ENGLISH THEATRE OF HAMBURG such as SHAKESPEARES 12TH NIGHT, THE FOX, SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS (which he also choreographed), VISITING MR GREEN, THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES, BIG BOYS and many more.
Paul has also performed in a nearly endless number of Galas and events worldwide for companies such as PORSCHE or MERCEDES BENZ...
As he went into directing he’s been hired to do gala versions of LES MISERABLES for Verdi Bundeseröffnungsveranstaltung, ALL FOR ONE an adaptation of THE THREE MUSKETEERS, HAIR and many more. In 2015 he directed a critically acclaimed production of Stephen Dolginoffs musical THRILL ME for the English Theatre of Hamburg. Paul Glaser has also created and directed PRESENTATIONS for companies like VISIT SWEDEN, CLAAS, NRW… as a MODERATOR for SKODA…
He has written and composed his own musical PEGGY for which he received outstanding reviews and audience responses.
Paul Glaser is also, since over 20 years, one of the most sought-after voice-over artists for German studios, with a client list including COCA-COLA, MERCEDES BENZ, BMW, NIVEA, DEICHMANN, CASIO, MINI and many many more for studios like LOFT, FUNK, GERMAN WAHNSINN, THE SOUND SHACK, VOXHAUS…
Since over 10 years he has also been the choreographer for all performances of the designer Sibilla Pavensted. Including this year’s upcoming event on the Rathausmarkt in Oktober in Hamburg.
2016 Paul Glaser composed the music for the family musical „Vom Fisher und seiner Frau“ – The first collaboration with Christian Berg – Shortly thereafter the team wrote „Das Gespenst von Canterville“ book Christian Berg, Music Paul Glaser for Komödie am Winerhuder Färhaus. After that, „Das Phantom von Opa“. Premiering in St Paulitheater in Hamburg 2017. Followed by „RAPUNZEL“ Premiering in Komödie am Winterhuder Färhaus Nov. 2017. 2017. The next Berg/Glaser musical is „BAMBI“, premiering in St Paulitheater 2nd of March 2018. Paul Glaser also wrote the music for MARY STUART, a musical directed by Koja Schallenberg in London. Please refer to post about that for reviews and videos.
Paul Glaser is the new Associate Director of the ENGLISH THEATRE OF HAMBURG. Within his first season, he is directing the play „Dorian Gray“ and the musical „I love you, you’re perfect, now change“
His vast international network has even lead to the point where the management of OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN contacts Paul to organize a pianist for her performance in Berlin.
First and foremost Paul is a creator and with his vast knowledge hi is able to deliver performances of all sizes and for
I make no destination between working purely for an artistic purpose of after the guidelines or set parameters of a commercial campaign. In the end, it amounts to the same thing – expressing emotions and evoking the desired audience reaction – Telling a story.
Normally a team of several different experts is gathered to come together and create a performance. Paul Glaser is all of those people wrapped into one person. No surprise then to that everything from music, performance, set, light and sound gels impeccably when he creates and puts a production together since it comes from one hand – the hand of an expert!