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Dr. Kimberly Patterson


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(901) 678-3096
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About Kimberly Patterson

Career Highlights:

  • 1st Prize, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition & Prizewinner, London International Quartet
  • Competition and the Bordeaux International Quartet Competition
  • Guest Artist Residency at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music funded by the U.S. State Department
  • Debut and U.S tour of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet "Uneven," for solo cello
  • Debut album MSR Records, "Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello and Guitar" with the Patterson/Sutton Duo


  • Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M
  • The Juilliard School, M.M
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, D.M.A.


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. 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, 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 the cellist of the Ceruti Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Memphis. 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 presented lectures at the International Guitar Research Center in Surrey, UK and the Guitar Foundation of America National Convention. In addition, Dr. Patterson's lecture paper was published as the cover article in the February 2016 edition of Soundboard Magazine, an academic journal. Their performances have been broadcasted on American Public Media's, Performance Today, in addition to Radio New Zealand and South Africa's Fine Music Radio among others.

As a soloist, Dr. Patterson has appeared with 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.