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Patrick Forsyth

Philharmonic Resident Conductor

A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Patrick began violin studies at the age of three, and first performed professionally with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra at 16, becoming the youngest musician ever to occupy a position in the orchestra. While in high school, Patrick distinguished himself in multiple categories of performance, winning first prize in solo performance competitions and chamber music competitions, and serving as the concertmaster for the Tulsa Youth Symphony.

After graduating high school, Patrick went on to study with renowned pedagogues and world-class performers Oleh Krysa and Cyrus Forough, themselves former pupils of the legendary Russian violinist David Oistrakh. Patrick received his Bachelor’s in music performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and his Master’s from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Patrick now lives in Pittsburgh, teaches a private studio of violin students in Pittsburgh and abroad via Skype, acts as assistant conductor at the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and actively performs with chamber groups, new music ensembles, and orchestras across the U.S. In addition to his classical music training, Patrick is also an accomplished performer and improviser in jazz, pop, and fiddle music, and frequently arranges music from various genres for special events and weddings. His arrangements have been performed internationally in Australia, Great Britain, Sweden, Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States.  Patrick is in his second year with PYPO as Violin Coach and directing the Philharmonic Chamber Strings.

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