Hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a “superb cellist,” Dr. Kimberly Patterson has earned recognition for her artistry as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. A Juilliard graduate, Dr. Patterson was the founding cellist for the Tesla Quartet, winners of the 2012 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as well as prizewinners of the 2012 London International Quartet Competition and the 2013 Bordeaux International Quartet Competition. She has given chamber recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and has held chamber music residencies with Strings Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley, Iris Chamber Orchestra, Salt Lake Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Tulsa, and a quartet residency at the University of Colorado at Boulder with the Takács Quartet.
Dr. Patterson is the Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Memphis and cellist of the Ceruti Quartet. She is also the cellist of the Patterson/Sutton cello and guitar duo. Their debut album, “Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar,” was released by MSR records in 2013. The Patterson / Sutton duo have concertized as Juilliard Global Visiting Artists and have performed throughout Vietnam, China, Afghanistan and the United States. The duo have presented a lectures at the Guitar Foundation of America National Convention and the International Guitar Research Center in Surrey, UK. The article written by Dr. Patterson for the lectures, "Eclectic Influences: An In-Depth Look at Stephen Goss's 'Park of Idols' for Cello and Guitar," was published as the cover article in Soundboard Magazine, (Feb. 2016).
As a soloist, Dr. Patterson has appeared with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Manila Symphony of the Philippines, toured nationally with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company performing a solo piece by David Lang, and presented solo recitals in the Netherlands, Afghanistan and throughout the United States. Festival appearances include the Verbier Festival, Strings Music Festival, Holland Music Sessions, Aspen Music Festival & School, Sarasota Music Festival & the Miyazaki Festival.
In addition to her extensive chamber music career, Dr. Patterson was a member of the Colorado Symphony. She has also performed with the Utah Symphony, the Verbier Orchestra in Switzerland, the Juilliard Orchestra, Iris Orchestra, Central City Opera, the New Haven Symphony and was personally invited by Charles Dutoit to perform with the Miyazaki Orchestra in Japan.
A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with academic honors, Dr. Patterson earned her Master's of Music Degree at the Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her teachers include Richard Aaron, Andras Fejer, Judith Glyde and Stephen Geber.
Dr. Patterson has a true passion for educating cellists and chamber music groups. In addition to her teaching at the University of Memphis as Assistant Professor of Cello, she has guest taught around the country at institutions such as the Interlochen School of the Arts, Frost School of Music University of Miami, Louisiana State University, University of Utah, Virginia Tech University, University of Denver, Ball State University, Colorado State University and University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg among others.
Dr. Patterson has instructed inner-city students as a fellowship recipient of her alma mater, the Juilliard School, as well as students of the Aspen Music Festival and School’s M.O.R.E Program. With support from the United States’ State Department, Dr. Patterson taught and performed as a guest artist at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan in early 2014. She has also instructed cellists of the Manila Symphony Orchestra in the Philippines. Dr. Patterson was a guest teacher for the Denver Young Artists' Orchestra and was a teaching artist for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Patterson serves on the board for the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras. Kimberly was a graduate assistant to the renowned Takács Quartet at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Dr. Patterson’s students have won positions with Orchestra Iowa and the Guangzhou Symphony. In addition, students have attended Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra, the Tanglewood Institute, All-National Youth Orchestra, and Colorado and Tennessee All State Orchestras.
Dr. Patterson's teaching focuses on establishing and reinforcing basic techniques and musicianship through fundamental exercises. In preparing students for the 21st century, Kimberly emphasizes having a greater understanding and awareness for entrepreneurship in order for her students to be well equipped upon graduation. In addition, she makes an effort to expose her students to a broad range of music and literature; and, understanding the need for global awareness, Dr. Patterson encourages them to perform in recitals, music festivals and competitions nationally and internationally. She is invested in her students’ progress in becoming well-educated musicians and dynamic artists.
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An avid proponent of community service, Dr. Patterson was the recipient of two Juilliard Fellowships; the Gluck Community Service Fellowship, a program designed to bring music to the various homeless shelters, hospitals, community centers and psychiatric wards, and the Instrumental Music Fellowship, where she taught music to underprivileged children. She has been fortunate to have been involved with several organizations that bring music and arts to the public including, Bravo! Vail Valley, the Fischoff Organization, Chamber Music Tulsa, the Aspen Music Festival and Cultures in Harmony.
With support of the United States’ State Department, Dr. Patterson taught and performed as a guest artist at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan. She is also affiliated with Cultures in Harmony, which paired her with the indigenous Tagbanwa people of the Philippines for a week of music creation and cultural dialogue.