The New York Times describes Ms. Patterson as having an “uncommonly warm and rounded tone.” Growing up in the Washington, D. C. area until the age of fourteen, she attended the Washington Conservatory of Music, where she studied with a disciple of Rostropovich, Miron Yampolsky. Her love for chamber music was formed during these early years. Under Mr. Yampolsky she coached intensively with a piano trio, played with the Washington Conservatory chamber orchestra, and also had the benefit of working on cello/piano repertoire with her mother, a professional pianist. Ms. Patterson often received recognition as a promising young cellist, winning numerous competitions and awards in the D. C. area.
Ms. Patterson’s family later moved to Germany, living there during her first three years of high school. There she studied with Ulrich Voss, professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Saarbrücken, continued to perform recitals and chamber music, and would occasionally solo with the Kreiss Kaiserslautern Chamber Orchestra, of which she was a member. She also had the unique opportunity to perform in the Fruchthalle, (Kaiserslautern) Jacque Ibert’s, Concerto for Cello and Ten Winds, with the USAFE (United States Armed Forces Europe) Command Band members. Her final year of high school was spent outside of Philadelphia, where she studied with renowned pedagogue, Jeffrey Solow, also a member of the Amadeus Trio. During this year she was also a winner of the Tri-Counties Concert Association Young Soloists Competition.
Ms. Patterson went on to receive her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Paul Katz (of the former Cleveland Quartet) and Aldo Parisot, respectively. While at Eastman she was winner of the Gibbs Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition, as well as the recipient of the full-merit Lois Smith Rogers Scholarship. At Yale she was a recipient of the Ender Scholarship, which goes to a cellist with excellent promise. Ms. Patterson has also worked with renowned pedagogues such as William Pleeth and Janos Starker while attending various festivals and seminars, including the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Meadowmount, the Britten-Pears School (England), Orford (Canada), the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Seminar.
A founding member of Antares, Ms. Patterson was recently involved with the world premiere of an opera by Philip Glass, Sound of a Voice, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA. There she worked with renowned pipa player, Wu Man. Ms Patterson has been involved with numerous other theater/opera productions including Black Water by John Duffy and The Shoulder by Dan Moses Schreier and Dan Hurlin – available on the Mower Music label with Ms. Patterson.
Rebecca is also featured on recordings produced by CRI records, a work by Carlos Carrillo, Como si fuera la primavera, as well as CD with the Elm City Ensemble which has been broadcast several times on WSHU in Connecticut.