The Orchestra: Patrick Jordan: Viola


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 six CDs. On the Analekta label are the world premiere String Quartets, Op.1 of Joseph Eybler; their collaboration with clarinettist Jane Booth, featuring works of Mozart and Backofen; and the complete String Quartets, Op. 33 of Joseph Haydn. 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”. In April 2017, they released a world premiere period-instrument disc of the infectiously delightful Op. 6 quartets of Johann Baptist Vanhal. The first volume of Beethoven op. 18 quartets, nos. 1–3 on the CORO label was released in March 2018, followed by the second volume, nos. 4–6 in June 2019. The Strad reported of the Beethoven “The Eybler Quartet launches its exploration of Beethoven with a beguiling freshness, vitality and attention to textual detail.”

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.

Photo credit: Sian Richards