About page of Paul Viapiano, Los Angeles session & studio guitarist

This brief bio details Paul’s work with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra as well as with the Pantages and Ahmanson Theatres.

It briefly touches on his work with producer Phil Ramone.

It links to Paul’s work page and credit listing.




It all started when my dad bought an acoustic guitar for $12 from a pawn shop in Buffalo, NY…

Along the way I met a lot of great friends, kept my head down, worked really hard and ended up in Los Angeles working as a session player, behind-the-scenes in movies, television, records, theatre and live concerts.

I’ve been the principal guitarist/mandolinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1984, working with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel during their tenures here as well as serving as principal guitarist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the LA Opera.

As guitarist for the Pantages and Ahmanson Theatres I played the long-running productions of The Lion King, Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Hamilton.

Working with Phil Ramone on Frank Sinatra’s Duets album, along with Barbra Streisand led to two more projects with him for BB King and Barry Manilow. Phil had a special way in the studio as a producer and all the stories you’ve heard about him are true. He knew how to make musicians comfortable and get the best performances from them.

I have so many stories I'd love to tell you about.

Visit my credits page to find out more.