Paolo graduated from the University of Naples, where he studied classic Letters and law. Paolo also studied piano with Vincenzo Vitale and composition with Renato Parodi and Renato Dionisi.
From 1971 to 1994, he was an ordinary music history professor in the Conservatory of Torin and Naples. In February 2019, Paolo was named Professor Emeritus.
Paolo was the music critic for the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera from 1980 to 2015 and other journals such as Il Giornale.
In 2013, Paolo published a critical article against Daniel Harding and, indirectly, Claudio Abbado, following which Stéphane Lissner, La Scala’s director, declared him “non-pleasant person”.
Paolo wrote several books of musical criticism, among these on the influence of the music in the Works of Thomas Mann and one which is the first-ever wrote about the influence of the poetry of Ovid on music from XV to XXI century.