Paul Manaster has been the associate concertmaster of Pacific Symphony since 1998. He is almost a native Californian, having grown up in San Diego from a young age. Manaster has performed with a variety of groups in the Southern California area, including the San Diego Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has performed as concertmaster of the Riverside Philharmonic and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra.
Prior to his move to Orange County, Manaster lived in Texas for eight years, playing with the San Antonio Symphony. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University. In addition to performing, Manaster teaches violin privately and has served on the faculty of Trinity University and other institutions. Paul lives in Irvine with his actress/oboist wife Dianne, their daughter Stephanie, and three cats.