Paul Csige is a Director, Composer, Video Editor, Sound Engineer, and Writer. He has 10 years of classical music training and two degrees in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston and trained at the New York Film Academy in Directing and Cinematography. He has seven years experience as a practical Editor and Sound Engineer and 10 years experience writing short stories, poetry, novels, and screenplays. He has 15 years working experience as a graphics artist.
Paul Csige grew up in Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii. Like many Kamaaina children he learned to play the ukulele at an early age. By the time he was 12, Paul was playing the music of Mozart and Beethoven on his uke. His passion for classical music developed along side his fascination for computers and motion pictures. At the age of 13 he switched his instrument focus from ukulele to piano under the direction of Doug Johnson, a popular Big Island performer and music teacher.
Because he began his study of piano in his teenage years, Csige opted for a home school education that would allow him many hours of uninterrupted practice time each day, something he could not have accomplished in a traditional high school setting. At the age of 15 he began his formal study of classical music at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Debrecen, Hungary under the tutelage of the academy’s director, Professor Mihaly Duffek. While in Hungary he was mentored by Emoke Ujj, an Eastern European piano virtuoso and graduate student at the academy, who has since earned her PHD in Music Studies at the University of North Texas.
Paul Csige entered the Berklee College of Music in 2001 with a performance scholarship. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. Paul Csige received a degree in Film Scoring and another in Music Synthesis. Between his time at Berklee and graduate school he worked as a sound editor and composer on a Fremantle show filmed in Dallas.
In 2007 Csige returned to Hawaii and was commissioned by the Kamuela Philharmonic to write orchestral music for the 60 member orchestra’s performances in 2008. Paul Csige received the Aloha Accolade Award from the Honolulu International Film Festival for the audio/visual compilation of the performance.
In 2009 Paul and Herb Kane formed Guiding Star Pictures, LLC and completed the feature length film, Voyagers: The First Hawaiians. (see www.voyagersthemovie.com
) The original score was composed by Paul Csige with Hawaiian lyrics by Kumu Hula Larry Ursua.
The film was selected for screening in the Big Island Film Festival, the Maui Fest, and the Honolulu Book and Music Festival. It was part of the Wayfinders festival at the Imiloa Astrological Center and was featured at the Hilton hotel for “Voyages Night.” Voyagers DVDs are distributed by Bookline Hawaii (The Islander Group). PBS aired Voyagers: The First Hawaiians several times in prime time slots in 2010.
The Symphony of Leif, a novel written by Paul Csige, made its debut in U.S. bookstores December of 2010. Distributed by Ingram Books and also available for Kindle, the novel is a coming of age story about a boy from the Big Island of Hawaii who is sent away to a Scientology boarding school in the Pacific Northwest. Desperate to escape his current school and his domineering father, Leif says “Aloha” to his island home. At first blush the Lamia School seems to be a dream come true, but soon Leif discovers darker and more sinister intentions than educating young minds.
Paul Csige was dubbed, “a scarily talented young fellow from Kailua-Kona who seems able to do just about anything,” in a review of The Symphony of Leif by Burl Burlingame in the Honolulu Star Advertiser.
Although Paul’s early music training was in the strict classical tradition, his college years emphasized contemporary music and music technology. Csige was able to merge the driving passions of his life: music, movies and computers, into a career path composing original music for all forms of visual media. He is uniquely prepared to write music for the creative and technological demands of today’s television, game, and film industry.