Described as “intensely focused” by The New York Times, violinist Patti Kilroy is a modern-minded musician with eclectic musical interests based in New York City. Patti has performed with contemporary music ensembles like Alarm Will Sound, Wavefield Ensemble, Argento New Music Project, ensemble mise-en, ETHEL, Hotel Elefant, Newspeak, Signal, The Wordless Music Orchestra, the avant-rock Burning City Orchestra led by Noam Faingold, metal string quartet seven)suns, disco band Escort, and the indie band OWEL. She has played in the company of a variety of artists spanning many genres, including Icelandic singer Björk, avant-jazz-funk band Medeski, Martin and Wood, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead, the band Goldfrapp, Icelandic electronic artist Valgeir Sigurdsson, John Cale from the Velvet Underground, rock band Deep Purple, and Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón. Patti has performed in a variety of concert halls, bars, and living rooms, including Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Center, Muziekgebouw a’ant Ij in Amsterdam, the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Galapagos, Symphony Space, and Death by Audio. She was a Bang on a Can Summer Festival fellow in the summers of 2010 and 2011, and a New Horizons Fellowship Recipient at the Aspen Music Festival in 2013.
Patti incorporates her broad experience as a performer into her work as an educator and scholar, and is looking forward to beginning as Assistant Professor at California State University, Los Angeles in Fall 2019. She currently teaches violin and chamber music at Western Connecticut State University and New York University, and has also served as an adjunct lecturer teaching violin, chamber music, and music history at Hunter College. She is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Violin Performance at NYU Steinhardt, studying violin with Naoko Tanaka and writing her dissertation with the help of her advisor, pianist Marilyn Nonken. Her dissertation research seeks to document performance practices in music with live processing electronics. Her research interests focus on documentation of recent performance practices, contemporary chamber music from the 20th and 21st century, postmodern philosophy, music aesthetics, string quartet transcriptions, practice-based research, and the discursive role of the musical performer in society. When not playing music, Patti can usually be found in a Muay Thai kickboxing class at Chok Sabai Gym.