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Hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a “superb cellist,” Dr. Kimberly Patterson has earned recognition for her artistry as a chamber and orchestral musician.  Currently the cellist for the Tesla Quartet, she has given chamber recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and has held chamber residencies with the Aspen Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Music Festival.  

Kimberly recently gave the world premiere of Cayetano Soto’s ballet for solo cello, Uneven, with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and subsequently toured throughout the United Sates.  The Financial Times stated that her performance of Uneven was “vividly rendered… provid[ing] the perfect backdrop,” and the Minneapolis StarTribune called her a musician that plays with “raw emotion.”

As an orchestral musician, Kimberly has been principal cellist of the UBS Verbier Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, and Aspen Sinfonia Orchestra.  After a personal invitation by Charles Dutoit, Kimberly went to Miyazaki, Japan several times to preform with the Miyazaki Orchestra.  Her performances have been televised through NHK TV and Medici TV. 

She has toured with the Verbier Orchestra throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. Festival appearances include the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Miyazaki Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Holland Music Sessions, Encore, and the Apeldoorn Masterclass Sessions.  

A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with academic honors, Kimberly earned her Master of Music Degree at The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Andras Fejér, Judith Glyde, Richard Aaron and Stephen Geber.

Dr. Patterson earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was graduate assistant to the Takács Quartet. 

Kimberly plays on a Joseph Rashid cello generously lent to her by the Rashid family.

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