Paul Schuback was born in Barbados of the British West Indies. At the age of seven, he was living in Geneva, Switzerland, where he first began playing the violin. By age nine he had begun playing the cello in Paris, at the Rudolph Steiner School. He continued playing through high school in various groups and youth orchestras. At the age of fifteen Paul started an apprenticeship with René Morizot, the only violin maker of the famous bow making family in Mirecourt, France. After three years, he went to the Mittenwald School, in Germany, for graduate work with Hern Hornsteiner and then returned to France for bow making with the Morizot frêre.
In 1968, Paul moved to Salt lake City, Utah and worked with Peter Prier. He established his shop, Schuback Violin Shop, Inc., in Portland, Oregon in 1971. From 1976 through 1978, Paul received two gold medals at the Violin Society of America’s annual competition, also receiving four certificates of merit during that time. In 1984, he opened the Amati Violin Shop, in Houston, Texas. Paul has been a board member for the Violin Society of America for many years, as well as serving as a judge for a number of their competitions. Paul helped organize Portland as host city for three of their competitions. He is a member and past president of the International Society of Violin and Bow-Makers Paul is a member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers and was president of the Oregon chapter of O.S.T.A. for two years.
Paul is also an active member of the Portland community. He has worked with the city Planning, Landmark and Design Review
Committees. He is also an avid automobile and motorcycle enthusiast and has participated in weeklong rallies.
Paul is most concerned with sound and playability through the set up of the instrument and fine adjustments. His studio in the Pearl District caters to the individual needs of the player and their instrument.