Paul Lloyd Warner


Paul Lloyd Warner believes that beautiful and uplifting music does have a positive influence on humankind. This is apparent to anyone who listens to his work. Paul says:

      “Music is a force for good in the world.
      It has the power to clear the mind,
      uplift the heart, heal the body
      and nurture the soul.”

Paul is a pioneer of a new piano technique which is characterized by sophisticated pedal work and multiple overtones. He has developed a piano technique called the "moiré effect", arpeggios performed with intricacy and speed, revealing hidden secondary melodies. This technique gives the illusion of two pianists blending together, creating exquisite harmonics which interplay all over the piano’s sounding board.  A friend once called Paul, “A poet in love with the piano”.

Paul Lloyd Warner Studio Photo (1993)Though his roots in music are with the early 20th century French composer, Claude Debussy, what distinguishes Paul’s unique style is the mixture of European Impressionism with Chinese and Japanese music..

While residing in Hawaii from 1968 to 1983, Paul was immersed in listening to Eastern and Western musical traditions. As a result of blending these styles together, Paul Lloyd Warner’s music is poetic, natural, affirmative, exuberant, uplifting, reflective, and spiritual.


In many ways, Paul created his own musical genre, The New Classical Music known as “Progressive Classical Music”, which combines elements of pure classical music with the spiritual and healing qualities of musical therapy.  Incorporating form and structure, generally not found in therapeutic music, are essential components to this new music which is technical, inspirational, and visionary.

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Direct-to-public sales of Paul's early solo piano albums, from 1979 to 1989, established Paul as a widely sold artist, with his piano albums selling nearly 500,000 copies.

Later in 1989, Paul began to play third generation, digital sampling keyboards. This allowed him to create, via the use of multiple MIDI keyboards, symphonic digital recordings, utilizing an enormous palette of musical color and texture. The adaptation of his piano techniques to electronic keyboards has brought the artist's work to a new level of competency and performance, broadening the appeal of Paul’s music. Learn How the Music is Made


A productive composer, Paul has an infinite range of mood, imagery, feeling and sensitivity, along with a tremendous array of musical instruments at his electronic disposal. His music ranges from the barely audible tones of a harp, all the way to full symphonic sonorities. He is known by his fans to be an inspired composer of beautiful music for health and spiritual renewal.

A Symphony for Humanity

Brief Biography of Paul Lloyd Warner

Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1938, Paul began his musical training at age seven. By his mid-teens, Paul was studying advanced piano composition and technique with the noted Esther Lipton. After completing his studies in literature at UCLA, he continued his musical education in Florence, Italy. It was while in Europe that Paul began to develop an original, yet classical style of composition and performance for the piano. Influenced strongly by well-known composers such as Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré, the music of Paul Lloyd Warner is original, contemporary, yet classically based, and wonderful to listen to.

Returning to the United States in 1963, Paul settled in New York City where he spent the following five years exploring the neophyte electronic music movement that was then taking hold at Columbia University and Greenwich Village.  While working as a freelance photographer, in 1968, Paul moved his newfound knowledge to the more relaxed environment of Maui, Hawaii.

While in Hawaii, he continued developing a style of composition and performance that was true to the guiding principles of the classics, yet infused with modern interpretation, personal reflections, and inspired by the beauty of nature. This can be heard in his first album, Waterfall Music, released in the late 1970's in the Hawaiian Islands.

Paul became the first musician to play music for Humpback whales at sea. The photograph below shows Paul Lloyd Warner, in 1976, playing for Humpback Whales off the coast of Maui on board a 70 foot-long sloop. PLW_plays_for_whales_in_Maui02Playing a white grand piano which was fastened to the middle of the ship, where underwater speakers spread the sound out over the ocean with great amplification, Paul played his music to nearby Humpback Whales.  They swam underneath the boat for several hours, turning cartwheels, like acrobats underwater. Their joyful responses, filmed by marine divers, were a milestone event for the artist. 

Upon his return to the mainland in 1983, Paul made his residence in California. From his coastal location in Santa Cruz, he traveled throughout the Western United States in his motor coach which was specially outfitted with a digital recording studio.

He traveled to Honolulu briefly to play music for the dolphins at Sea Life Park, a Dolphinarium on the coast of Oahu.

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The music was piped underwater, and the photograph (which is real) shows the response the dolphins and Pilot Whales made by gracefully jumping out of the water.

As a musician in touch with nature, Paul derives the inspiration for his works from the beauty of his surroundings. He records at such scenic locations as the Grand Canyon, the Olympic Rainforest, Yosemite, the deserts of the Southwest, and America's rugged Western coastline.

Presently Paul resides in the San Diego area and is actively cataloging his entire life's output of music, with 38 albums released and more to be released in the future. He is a highly prolific composer and is currently preparing for the next phase of his music by multi-tracking large-scale orchestral works that promise to bring his music to new audiences in the 21st Century. The first work in this series is entitled THE WHALE SYMPHONY.