Paul Watkins enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor. As a cellist he regularly appears with orchestras throughout the world with recent performances at the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Hong Kong and Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestras, and with the BBC Proms as a conductor and soloist. Watkins was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 until 2013, when he joined the Emerson String Quartet. He is a regular performer with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and many other festivals worldwide. He won the 2002 Leads Conducting Competition and has conducted throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia. In 2014, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival.