Paul studied piano at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Jan Wijn, where he graduated cum laude. He continued his studies with Hans Leygraf in Hanover, in New York with Gyorgy Sandor and in Bloomington with Gyorgy Sebok. In 1989 he made his US debut with recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York and at the National Gallery in Washington. In the 2000–2001 season he played Beethoven’s 32 sonatas in a series of six concerts, including at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Beethovenhaus in Bonn. He also played with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century conducted by Frans Brüggen and the Orchester des Champs Elysées conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. In addition to his solo performances, Paul Komen gives many chamber music concerts and forms a piano duo with the Georgian pianist Nata Tsvereli.
In recent years, Paul Komen has also focused on playing historical instruments in addition to the modern grand piano, which has led to numerous concerts at international festivals, such as the Festival for Early Music in Utrecht, the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Festspiele Sans Soucis in Potsdam, the Festival of Flanders, Le Festival de Piano de La Roque d’Anthéron, Les Académies Musicales in Saintes and Musica Antigua in Barcelona.
Paul Komen has released CDs with works by Mompou, Scriabin, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Chopin, among others. He received an Edison in 1994 for one of these CDs.
Paul Komen teaches piano as a main subject and chamber music teacher at the Prince Claus Conservatoire and is artistic director of the Peter de Grote Festival.