Patrick Dunlea

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Upon beginning the Cello at the age of eight, it became immediately apparent that Music was not only something that Patrick had an interest in but also had a talent for. After just over a year of playing, it was suggested to him that he auditions for Chetham’s School of Music and it was at this point that he decided to pursue a career in Music. Having begun studies with Sue Lowe, Patrick moved to study with Nicholas Jones (head of strings) for his final few years before auditioning for a place at music conservatoire. Having received scholarship offers from all three colleges he applied for, there was no doubt that the Royal Academy was the right place to continue his studies, under the tuition of Felix Schmidt. In addition to his solo work, Patrick is also a keen chamber musician, performing regularly as part of a string quartet and piano trio. Recent concerts include a performance of Brahms Clarinet trio in Manchester and also concerts in Duke’s Hall and St James’ place as part of a cello ensemble. During his time at Academy, Patrick has been given the opportunity to work with musicians such as Christoph Richter, Sung Won Yang and Mats Lidström among others, and these experiences enable him to make tasteful musical decisions in his everyday practice. Future engagements include a performance of Beethoven’s Septet op.20 and a festival performance as part of a 6-piece cello ensemble. This year Patrick is working towards a masters degree under the tuition of Robert Cohen; something that would not have been possible without funding from Help Musicians UK.

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