Patrick Jordan is a native of West Texas, where he studied with Susan Schoenfeld. His studies continued in Boston at the New England Conservatory and the Longy School; his principal teachers were Walter Trampler and Eugene Lehner. While living in Boston, Patrick was a member of the Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, the Boston Quartet (1986–1993), D.C. Hall’s Band, and the period-instrument van Swieten Quartet (1994–1997). He has been a member of the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra since 1997, serving frequently as principal viola, and from 2005–2019 was principal violist of the Carmel Bach Festival.
He is a member of the Eybler Quartet, one of three quartets on the faculty of the Banff Centre’s summer program Evolution of the String Quartet. The Eybler Quartet has released seven CDs, including world premieres of Joseph Eybler, Johann Baptist Vanhal and Franz Asplmayr as well as better known works such as Joseph Haydn’s op. 33 and Beethoven’s op. 18 quartets. Early Music America wrote of the Haydn, “This is music-making that reflects the deeply human and attractive qualities found in Haydn the composer — good humor, wit, and invention.”
When not busy with the viola or teaching at the Glenn Gould School, Patrick is an enthusiastic cook and student of the culture of food.
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