Roxanna Patterson – Principal
began her professional career at age 16 as a member of the Fort Worth Symphony and the Forth Worth Opera Orchestras. She later attended the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) and played in the Houston Symphony, Houston Opera Orchestra and served as Concertmaster or the Houston Ballet Orchestra. Her teachers included Ron Patterson, Eudice Shapiro, Wayne Crouse and Karen Tuttle.
In 1979 she moved to Monte Carlo with her husband Concertmaster Ron Patterson. There she changed from violin to viola and the couple formed the unique violin/viola ensemble Duo Patterson. A chamber music enthusiast, Roxanna has performed extensively in this capacity, recording for Ante Aeternum Records (with a new 2004 Duo Patterson release of “Czech Mates”), CRI, Centaur and VOX labels, and appeared on European and American television.
Roxanna has appeared in recital and as soloist with orchestras in France, Italy, Germany, England, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, and the U.S. She has performed in the festivals of Aspen, Marrowstone, Round Top, Flaine and Rasigere, France. In 1984 she received the first Special Award from the Princess Grace Foundation and was recently decorated by Prince Rainier of Monaco with Chevalier de l’Ordre du Merite Culturel. She is Principal Viola of the New Hampshire Music Festival, viola coach of the Seattle Youth Symphony, teaches privately in Seattle and is active in the film and computer game recording industry.