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Rob Patterson

Name: Rob Patterson
Location: Washington
United States 20003

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Additional Info: Noted for his lyricism and beautiful sound, clarinetist Rob Patterson is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting artists of his generation. Rob has performed with such notables as The Miami Quartet, Eugenia Zuckerman, Inon Barnatan, Rafael Figueroa, Ida Kavafian, and Toby Appel among others. Rob has also played under the baton of some of the most exciting conductors today, including Christoph Eschenbach, Leon Fleisher, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Sir Simon Rattle, Rossen Milanov, Lorin Maazel, Roberto Abbado, and Jeffery Tate.

Rob began his career at the age of 16 when he soloed with the Blue Ash Symphony Orchestra. Rob has continued on to solo with the Middletown Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Colorado College Festival Orchestra. Bob Saar of the Burlington Hawk Eye described Rob’s performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s First Concerto with the Southeast Iowa Symphony as “the highlight of the evening” and noted Rob’s “brilliant soloing”.

October 2009 marked Rob's Taipei, Taiwan debut. Rob was featured in a full-length clarinet trio recital at the Taipei Municipal University, and in a short program at the University of Southern California's Global Leadership Conference. Also at the Taipei Municipal University, Rob gave a masterclass which was well received. In 2006, Rob and his Trio were invited to perform a recital at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage which was broadcasted live on the Kennedy Center's website. That summer, Rob was invited by Artist Director Ida Kavafian to perform at the Music from Angel Fire festival in New Mexico, and invited back in 2007. Rob’s performances at the festival met with great success, resulting in National Public Radio’s Performance Today programming some the concert recordings. Others of Rob’s performances have also been broadcasted on Philadelphia’s WHYY Television Station’s Y ARTS series, as well as on the radio on Philadelphia’s WRTI station.

Rob currently lives in Washington, D.C. where he regularly plays with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has served as Acting Principal of the Annapolis (MD) Symphony. In the past, Rob has performed with the Haddonfield Symphony (NJ), the Peninsula Symphony (CA), the Downey Symphony (CA), the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra (PA), and has been guest Principal with the Culver City Symphony (CA).

A Cincinnati native, Rob Patterson holds his B.M. from The Curtis Institute of Music where he was awarded the Jill & Sheldon Bonovitz Fellowship, and his M.M. from the University of Southern California where he was awarded the Dean's Scholarship. Rob’s principal teachers include Yehuda Gilad, Richard Hawley, and Donald Montanaro. Rob has participated in the Vail "Bravo!", Music from Angel Fire, Yellow Barn, Greenport, Music Academy of the West, Colorado College, and Eastern Music Festivals and is the recipient of the Grand Prize in the Cincinnati-based Overture Awards. In his final year at Curtis, a selection of Rob’s graduation recital was recorded and issued on the "2007/2008 Curtis Selections" CD. Rob has also been a featured author in the International Clarinet Society's "The Clarinet" magazine.

Rob is a member of DC Local 161-710, The International Clarinet Society, and performs on Buffet-Crampon clarinets with Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.
Additional Specialisms: Orchestral Playing, Session Work, Solo Performance, Contemporary Music
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