Ronald Patterson – Concertmaster
has been the Professor of Violin at the University of Washington School of Music since 1999. He is the violinist in Duo Patterson and Concertmaster of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. He was a student of Jascha Heifetz, Eudice Shapiro and Manuel Compinsky.
Mr. Patterson has concertized extensively in the United States and Europe since the age of 11, performing 45 works (including 6 world premieres) in more than 150 solo performances with orchestras such as the Prague Chamber Orchestra in Prague, the MDR in the Leipzig Gewandhaas, UNESCO in Paris, REI Milan, the Dusseldorf Symphony, NY Cosmopolitan Orchestra, Denver Symphony, Austin Symphony, St.Louis Symphony, Boston “Pops”, Houston Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Duisberg Symphony and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic in Monaco, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. He has been acclaimed for his “skill, authority and imagination” by the New York Times.
From 1965 to 1999, he was Concertmaster of the Monte-Carlo, Houston, Denver, and Miami symphonies, St. Louis Little Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He was a founder and Associate Professor of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (Houston, 1974-1979). Assistant Professor at Washington University (St. Louis, 1967-1971), as well as on the faculty of Stetson University (Florida, 1975-1979), MacMurray College (Illinois, 1966) and the University of Miami (Florida, 1965).
Mr. Patterson has recorded for CRI, ERATO, ORION, VOX, Virgin Classics, Serenus, Philips, EMI, and Ante Aeternum Records (with a new 2004 Duo Patterson release of “Czech Mates”). A five time First Prize Winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, he has performed chamber music with some of the greatest musicians of our day, including Jascha Heifetz, Gregor Piatigorsky and Henryk Szeryng. In 1998 he was named Officier de l’Ordre du Merite Culturel, one of the Principality of Monaco’s highest honors.