November of 2016 marked the release of 'BREAKING THROUGH', the debut album by composer, film & TV musician and Golden State Pops Orchestra's Concertmaster, Paul Henning. The album features piano solos performed by Paul along with a full 48-piece orchestra. The result is a sweeping musical vista blending joyous optimism with a nostalgic, Americana voice.
The music of the album was inspired by the scenic beauty Paul experienced traveling up and down the West Coast, coupled with his love of American history and the vast expanses of the West.
As a composer and multi-instrumentalist, Paul has enjoyed a versatile music career in both film and live performance. He has worked on the score orchestrations for over 50 feature films, including 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' and ‘Chocolat'. In addition to his film writing, Paul also works on orchestral arrangements that have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and London Symphony.
Paul helped create concert suites from the film scores for 'Spider-man', 'The Passion of the Christ', and 'Peter Pan', as well as multiple works from the catalogs of Golden Age film composers Dimitri Tiomkin and Elmer Bernstein. He has also completed band arrangements for Television shows including 'American Idol’, 'The Singing Bee’, and 'Sunday's Best’.
An accomplished pianist and violinist, Paul has performed with the Hollywood Studio Symphony on the soundtracks to ‘Frozen', 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', 'The Maze Runner', 'Furious 7', ‘Moana', ‘Storks', 'Monsters University' and 'Alice in Wonderland', among many others. He has also played violin for artists including Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Neil Young, Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban. Paul has served as Concertmaster for the Golden State Pops Orchestra since 2004.