Born in 1977 in Paris, Paul Abirached started playing guitar at the age of fifteen. After graduating in French literature studies in 1998, he decided to devote himself entirely to music.
He then, entered the jazz department at the Conservatoire Nadia and Lili Boulanger in Paris, where he studied band workshop with vibraphonist Philippe Mace, harmony with pianist Bernard Maury, and arrangement with saxophonist Pierre Bertrand. He worked on guitar with Marco Campo-Arris and Misja Fitzgerald- Michel.
In 2001, he obtained a degree in musicology at the University of Paris 8, Saint-Denis. As part of the faculty, he participated in Yves Torchinsky's (bassist) workshop and attended several master classes with Joe Bowie, Abbey Lincoln, Roy Haynes, François Corneloup.