Karen Patterson’s inspirations and philosophies are deeply rooted in a family tradition of perseverance and pride. Her Father was one of few African-American U.S. Army Colonels in his time; her Grandmother graduated from college in the 1920’s, a time when few women went on to higher education in the South; and her Mother, an educator and community activist, taught her that “everybody counts.”
Karen began her cello studies in an experimental school at the age of eight. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University and her graduate degree from Antioch University, under the Antioch International Program, in both cases combining the study of performance with traditional education. Ms. Patterson studied German at the Goethe Institute in Kochel Am See and specialized in Cello Performance with Professor Gerhard Hamann at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. In addition, she has performed in master classes of renowned artists such as Mistislav Rostropovich and Janos Starker and has studied jazz improvisation and performed with Keter Betts, bassist for Ella Fitzgerald.
Karen Patterson’s performances have entertained and inspired audiences throughout the world. Her repertoire is varied and unique. She has been a featured performer in vastly dynamic venues. She has performed at the Lagos Jazz Series Festival in Lagos, Nigeria; the AACW Blues and Jazz Festival; and the Global Forum in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. She has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, bringing jazz, a classical repertoire, and a commissioned 21st century classical cello concerto, “The Invisible Bridge,” by the esteemed Egyptian composer Dr. Halim El-Dabh, conducted by Neal Gittleman.
Karen Patterson’s music celebrates cultural diversity, the dynamic beauty of artistic expression, and the strength of community.