Chauncey Patterson began his professional career at the age of 23 as Assistant Principal Viola of the Denver Symphony. He was eventually appointed Principal Viola by Music Director Phillipe Entremont. His next post was Principal Viola of the Buffalo Philharmonic under the direction of Seymon Bychkov. During his stay in Buffalo, Mr. Patterson was offered and accepted the viola position in the award winning Miami String Quartet. During his 15 year tenure, the MSQ garnered awards in the quartet competitions of London and Evian in addition to being the first string quartet to win the Concert Artist Guild New York Competition. The quartet recorded a number of CD's most notable The Ginastera Quartets, The Quartets of Petris Vasks and the Saint-Saens and Faure String Quartets for the BMG Conifer label. The Quartet toured the U.S. extensively playing virtually every high profile venue including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. Foreign travels (both with and without the MSQ) have taken Mr. Patterson to Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Panama, Brazil, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, and the Netherlands. He has shared the chamber music stage with such distinguished artists as: Gil Shaham, Garrick Ohlsson, Cho liang Lin, Robert Chen, Jamie Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Paul Neubauer, Cindy Phelps, Nadja Solerno Sonennberg, the Orion String Quartet, Franco Gulli, Aaron Rosand, Menachem Presseler, Peter Wiley, Andre Michel Schub, Bill Prucell, Ida Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Lynn Harrell, Arto Noras, Mark Johnson, Gene Druckman, and Robert Vernon. Following his tenure with the MSQ, Mr. Patterson served as interim violist of the world renowned Fine Arts Quartet. He currently resides in Miami, Florida where he serves as Solo Viola of the Florida Grand Opera. Educaton has been a major component of Chauncey's career. His faculty affiliations include: The Cleveland Institute of Music, Blossom School of Music, Kent State University, Hartt School of Music, Encore School for Strings, Eastern Music Festival, University of Charleston (W.V.), University of Denver, New World School of the Arts, Florida International University, and The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Chauncey started playing the viola at the age of 8 in the Burlington, North Carolina Public School System. He attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Cleveland Institute of Music and holds a Certificate from The Curtis Institute of Music. His major teachers were Ann Woodward, Robert Vernon, Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree.
- Chauncey Patterson
- Associate Principal
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