￼Recognized for his "rich, luscious tone quality" (The Clarinet), Rob Patterson is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile clarinetists of his generation. Currently, he is the Acting Principal Clarinet with the Louisville Orchestra. Prior to this position he served as Acting Principal Clarinet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and was Principal Clarinet of the Charlottesville Symphony and a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia. Additionally, he has served as guest principal for the orchestras of Cincinnati, Richmond, Huntsville, and Modesto. Upcoming teaching engagements include being the featured guest at Morehead State University's Clarinet day as well as masterclasses at The Grieg Academy, The Sibelius Academy, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, and the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo.
Particularly at home in chamber music, Mr Patterson’s performances have taken him across North and South America, as well as Europe and Asia. He has performed contemporary music as a member of the VERGE Ensemble in Washington, DC and was previously a member of the Philadelphia-based Ensemble 39, a mixed group of strings and woodwinds that is active in commissioning new works. While a Strathmore Artist in Residence, Mr Patterson presented a series of solo recitals, masterclasses, educational concerts, and a recital at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoying an ongoing relationship with Strathmore, he is frequently presented in recital both at Strathmore and in venues around the Washington metropolitan area.
Mr Patterson’s festival appearances include Bravo! Vail, Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île-en-Mer, Garth Newel Music Center, Music from Angel Fire, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival. At Yellow Barn, Boston Globe critic Jeffrey Johnson observed that in his performance of Edison Denisov’s Ode, Mr. Patterson “played the part with command, finding the extremes the work sought to articulate”.
Rob Patterson is a devoted teacher, and has been engaged by the Theodore Presser Music Company to co-author the upcoming book Advanced Clarinet Studies: The Art of Chunking. Previous teaching engagements include Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra of the United States, the Sewanee Summer Festival and the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program in Putney, VT. He has presented classes at The Juilliard School, Rice University, Teatro del Lago (Chile), James Madison University, University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and Taipei Municipal University.
Mr Patterson’s solo recording, Gumbo, was released as a result of a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The disc has earned critical acclaim and was voted Best Classical Recording of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association.
Hailing from Cincinnati, OH, Mr Patterson earned degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Southern California. His principal teachers were Yehuda Gilad, Richard Hawley, and Donald Montanaro.
Mr Patterson is proud to be a D'addario and Buffet-Crampon performing artist.