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Academic year 2012/2013

Double Bass
08. May - 13. May 2013

Professor

Prof. Roman Patkoló

Prof. Roman Patkoló was born in Zilina, Slovakia, in 1982 and started playing the double bass at the age of thirteen. His extraordinary talent showed very soon and two years later he won First Prize at the National Slovak Competition. Parallel to his studies at the Conservatory Zilina he enrolled as a junior student at the Munich Music Academy in the class of Prof. Klaus Trumpf in 1998, becoming a regular student one year later and earning his Master´s Degree in 2005.

Since then he has won many other competitions, including the First Prize at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 1999 and at the Performance Competition of the International Society of Bassists. The following year he won the Johannes Matthias Sperger International Music Competition, the world’s most famous competition for double bass playing. Germany´s president Johannes Rau bestowed the European Culture Prize for young artists upon him in 2002. A further major stepping stone to an international career was the Second Prize at the International ARD Music Competition in 2003 as well as the Fürstenberg-Classics-Prize in 2005. At the instigation of Sir André Previn he received the ”Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music“ in Toronto after a joint concert.

Roman Patkoló has performed in many European countries as well as in the US, in Canada, Korea and Russia. As a soloist he has appeared alongside the Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, l’Orchestre de Chambre de Montréal, Virtuosi di Kuhmo, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Münchner Kammerorchester, Jeunesses Musicales Weltorchester and the Philharmonie der Nationen. His artistic mastership also shines in the realms of chamber music: he earned much acclaim with the double bass quartet “Bassiona Amorosa” founded by Prof. Klaus Trumpf and was awarded the European Quartet Prize “Pro Musica” in 2003.

Since 1999 Roman Patkoló is a scholarship holder of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Friendship Foundation. On her initiative, he auditioned for world-renowned conductors like André Previn, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Kurt Masur. The same foundation also encouraged several composers like Sir André Previn, Krzysztof Penderecki and Wolfgang Rihm to write new solo works for double bass. André Previn´s Concerto for violin, double bass and orchestra was first performed in 2007 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Previn conducting and Mutter and Patkoló as soloists. The foundation also helped him acquire a precious instrument by Niccolo Gagliano.

Since February 2005 is Roman Patkoló double bass co-principal at the Zurich Opera House and regularly gives master classes around the world: Seoul (Korea), Burgdorf (Switzerland) or Belgrade (Serbia). In 2007 he was appointed professor at the Academy of Music and Theater Munichen, since fall 2009 he teaches in the same capacity at the Academy of Music Basel.

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Intensive weeks

Academic year 2012/2013

Double Bass
08. May - 13. May 2013