WSO bassist Paul Nagelberg was born in the city of New York and was raised in that area. He moved to Toronto at age 14 after the loss of his father. In Toronto he began learning the bass in his high school music program. Paul soon fell in love with classical music and knew he wanted to perform it as a career. He attended the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan School of Music, graduating with honours from the latter. Paul played principal bass in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for two summers.
Paul moved to Winnipeg to accept a position with the WSO in 1978. Since coming to Winnipeg, Paul has become a regular member of both MusikBarock Ensemble and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. Paul’s freelance work in Winnipeg has included the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra, in-school concerts with the Canadian Education Ensembles (Keystone String Quartet), Rainbow Stage and private teaching.