Equally active in piano and viola, Paul Hersh studied viola with William Primrose and piano with Leonard Shure and Edward Steuermann. From 1961 to 1971 he was violist and pianist of the Lenox Quartet and made his piano debut at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1964. Hersh attended Yale University and teaches poetry and literature in addition to piano and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is a former faculty member of Grinnell College and SUNY-Binghamton, and he has been artist-in-residence and visiting faculty at the University of California, Davis, Temple University, Oregon State University, University of Western WA and the University of Montana. He has given concert tours in Taiwan, China, Korea and Russia and has recorded on the RCA, CRI, Desto, Orion, Dover and Arch Street labels. Hersh has performed at the Berkshire, Aspen, Skaneateles, Moab and Olympic music festivals, as well as the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Spoleto (Italy) Festival and Two Worlds and the Caramoor Center in New York, and has taught and performed at Kneisel Hall.