Violinist, pedagogue, recording artist, and doctoral candidate Patti Kilroy is a uniquely modern-minded musician, most known for giving the world-premiere to over 100 musical works. A staple of the New York music scene, she has shared the stage with artists including Björk, Deep Purple, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead, John Cale from the Velvet Underground, and Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón. Praised for her “intensely focused” playing by The New York Times, she uses both her extensive performance résumé and experience with new music as tools in her teaching positions across multiple universities, including her upcoming Fall 2019 appointment as Assistant Professor at California State University, Los Angeles.
In premiering such an extensive oeuvre of music, Kilroy possesses a rare command of extended techniques and modern performance practices, in particular with looping, live processing electronics, and prepared violin. Beginning with Lars Graugaard in 2010 (“Sparks and Feathers”), Ms. Kilroy has been sought after by composers across the country, including Julia Wolfe and John Luther Adams. In particular, Kilroy’s career in new music seeks to help correct the racial and gender imbalance in classical and new music spaces, and she thus seeks work with composers that are female, nonbinary, trans, and of color.
She not only performs contemporary music as soloist, but also from within a wide-ranging list of music groups, including contemporary ensembles Alarm Will Sound, Wavefield Ensemble, and Hotel Elefant. Other genres help round out her musical expertise, as she appears in groups such as the avant-rock Burning City Orchestra, metal string quartet seven)suns, disco band Escort, and the indie band OWEL.
Ms. Kilroy can be heard on over a dozen studio albums dating back to 2011, including Björk’s Vulnicura Live, the Original Motion Picture Score to Cam, and Yoko Ono’s Warzone. A globally traveled artist, her career has taken her to Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Muziekgebouw a’ant Ij in Amsterdam, the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, and a number of New York City’s most prominent music venues.
This broad experience as a performer is incorporated into Ms. Kilroy’s work as an educator and scholar. In addition to her aforementioned Assistant Professor appointment at Cal State, she currently teaches violin and chamber music at Western Connecticut State University and New York University, and formerly served as a lecturer at New York’s Hunter College.
Originally from the Miami area, Patti Kilroy is based in New York City. She is a current 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. Kilroy has given numerous presentations across the United States on her research, speaking on topics ranging from jobs in academia to phasing and looping to performing with pre-recorded media. Her dissertation research focuses on performance practices in music with live processing electronics.