BM Eastman School of Music
MM Yale School of Music
The New York Times describes Ms. Patterson as having an “uncommonly warm and rounded tone,” and the Washington Postpraises her for “a stunning account of the movement “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus” from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. A founding member of the award-winning ensemble Antares, Rebecca dedicated about fifteen years to chamber music, contemporary music, and teaching.
Ms. Patterson co-founded Antares while a student at Yale, and took top prizes the following year in the Fischoff, Coleman, Yellow Springs, and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions. In 2002, Antares was awarded the top prize in the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York City in recognition of its exciting and emotionally charged performances. Their last CD release in 2011, revisited two significant yet previously unrecorded works from 1978: Shadowed Narrative by Roger Reynolds and Tashi by Peter Lieberson. This CD was featured as “Choice of the Month” in the January 2012 issue of BBC Music Magazine. Other recordings with Antares include, Eclipse with Innova Recordings, and Red River by Mason Bates with MSR Classics label.
Ms. Patterson received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Paul Katz and Aldo Parisot, respectively. While at Eastman she was winner of the Gibbs Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition, as well as the recipient of the full-merit Lois Smith Rogers Scholarship. At Yale she was a recipient of the Ender Scholarship, which goes to a cellist with excellent promise. She currently lives in New Haven, CT, and was appointed principal cello with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as of the 2012-13 season.