Paulo Gaio Lima was born in Porto. He studied with Madalena Sá e Costa at Porto Music Conservatory and with Maurice Gendron in Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, where he lived for seven years, supported by a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Ministry of Culture of Portugal.
Performs regularly at music festivals in his country and the rest of Europe (Europália - Brussels, Huddersfield, Marais, Uzés, Torino, Trento, Nantes) as well as with the orchestras of Moscow, Szeged, Shanghai, Porto Alegre, Hannover, Monterrey, Basel, Warsaw, Neuss, Istanbul, and many others.
Collaborates with many contemporary music groups, in particular Alternance, 2E2M, L'Itinéraire, Poikilon, Música Nova e Divertimento di Milano. He premiered works of Dusapin (Music 86 Strasbourg), Koo, the Concerto for Cello by P. Hersant (Huddersfield/89), and 5 Miniatures by C. Marecos (Cascais 2000).
In 1987 he was principal guest cello of the Reno Symphony Orchestra. From 1992 to 2000 he was the principal cello of the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. He was part of the Verdi Paris Quartet. He formed the Artis Trio with Aníbal Lima and António Rosado with concerts in Denmark, France, Portugal and Italy. Since 2006 he’s part of Trio.Pt.
Paulo recorded concertos of L. Boccherini, Beethoven (with G. Ribeiro and P. Burmester), Brahms (with G. Ribeiro) and Schumann, as well as works from the Portuguese chamber music repertoire (Pinho Vargas, C. Carneyro, Joly B. Santos) for EMI and RCA. His pedagogical activity is divided between the National Academy Orchestra of Lisbon, the Universities of Minho and Évora, and training courses across the country, Spain, France, Brazil, Austria and the United States of America.