Dr. Kimberly Patterson


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Kimberly Patterson, Cello

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. In addition to her extensive chamber music career, Dr. Patterson was a member of the Colorado Symphony. She has performed as principal cellist with Verbier Orchestra in Switzerland and world tours and the Juilliard Orchestra. She has also performed with the Utah Symphony, Iris Orchestra, Central City Opera, the New Haven Symphony and was personally invited by Charles Dutoit to perform with the Miyazaki Orchestra in Japan. Dr. Patterson is a strong believer in the transformative power of music education. Kimberly was a graduate assistant to the renowned Takács Quartet at the University of Colorado at Boulder and has given chamber music masterclasses around the country at institutions such as the University of Denver, Colorado Mesa University, University of Utah, Ball State University, Colorado State University and University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg. In addition to collegiate teaching, she 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 in early 2014. She has also instructed cellists of the Manila Symphony Orchestra in the Philippines. Dr. Patterson serves on the board of the Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras.

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. 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.