Rob Patterson

Clarinet (Working with Composers and Performing their Works)

Rob PattersonRecognized for his "rich, luscious tone quality" (The Clarinet), Rob Patterson has established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile clarinetists of his generation. Mr. Patterson is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Boston University's School of Music and founder of the online program The Clarinet Sessions. Mr. Patterson has served as Acting Principal Clarinet with the Baltimore and Louisville Orchestras as well as Principal Clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony and the Lyrique-en-Mer Festival Orchestra in France. Additionally, he has performed as Guest Principal Clarinet for the orchestras of Cincinnati, Richmond, Huntsville, Modesto, Pasadena, Peoria, as well as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. In 2019, he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet at the Boston Public Library.

A passionate educator, Mr. Patterson’s book Advanced Clarinet Studies was released to critical acclaim in late 2017 by Theodore Presser. He has served on the faculty at the University of Virginia where he was featured in recital and as soloist with the Charlottesville Symphony. Recent masterclass invitations have included the San Francisco Conservatory, Peabody Institute, University of Toronto, University of North Texas, Grieg Academy, Sibelius Academy, Royal College of Music (Sweden), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo. He also regularly coaches members of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previous teaching engagements include Carnegie Hall's National Youth Orchestra, the Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest, the Sewanee Summer Festival, and the Yellow Barn Young Artist Program. He has presented classes at The Juilliard School, Rice University, Teatro del Lago (Frutillar, Chile), James Madison University, University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Tech, and Taipei Municipal University. Mr. Patterson has been the featured soloist in Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Charlottesville Symphony as well as the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the LyriqueEn-Mer (Le Palais, France) Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, Middletown Symphony Orchestra, and the Howard County Concert Players (Maryland).

As a former Strathmore Music Center 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, including the World-Premiere of John B Hedges’ Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet. 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.