Patrice Jackson, 23, is a native of St. Louis, who is the sixth
generation in her family to play a stringed instrument. She began
piano lessons at three with her mother and cello at eight with her father. As stated by the Dallas Observer, "this prodigy" has already received accolades from critics nationwide.
The Detroit News described her as a"big-toned, boldly projected soloist". Also, the Hartford Courant stated that Patrice "...wowed the audience with effortless facility, playful phrasing and a sense of spontaneity that one hears usually only from the highest caliber of musicians."
Ms. Jackson made her debut at thirteen with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Elgar Cello Concerto.
Since winning the 2002 Sphinx Competition, Ms. Jackson has already performed with the Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, New Jersey,
Milwaukee, Omaha, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Grand Rapids, Nashville,
Hartford, Chautauqua, and Colorado Symphonies, as well as the
In June of 2002, she made her international
orchestral and recital debut in South Africa. Highlights of the
2005-2006 season include performances with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Hartford and Mississippi Symphonies and a recital debut in SanFrancisco.
She spent several summers studying chamber and solo repertoire
at the prestigious Quartet Program, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Banff Centre for the Arts in master classes with world-renowned Brazilian Cellist, Aldo Parisot. Ms. Jackson has also studied chamber music with Claude Frank and the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music, as well as the Juilliard String Quartet at the Juilliard School.
Patrice was the recipient of the 2002 Yale University Aldo
Parisot Prize awarded to "a gifted cellist who shows promise for a
Ms. Jackson has studied cello with Janos Starker and Aldo
Parisot. She is a graduate of Yale School of Music and is currently
studying at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick. Patrice Jackson
performs on an Alberto Blanchi cello generously donated by Franklin and Tresa McCallie of Kirkwood, Missouri and Doris Taylor Cope of