Patrick Hartson began his cello career at the age of seven, when he began
studying at the School for Strings of St. Clair County under Dr. Rebekah Brown and Lisa
Poole. As a part of this school, Patrick was involved in many different ensembles that
ranged from small classical chamber ensembles to large fiddle groups. Throughout
grade school, Patrick gained experience performing for many audiences in classical
concerts, fiddle concerts, Celtic performances with groups such as Barrage, weddings,
and art exhibits.
During his last two years of high school, Patrick began taking lessons from
Detroit Symphony Orchestra musician, Paul Wingert. Patrick also played in the top
orchestra in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic program, which featured concerts
directed by Maestro Leonard Slatkin, and performances with top performing artists,
such as Emmanuel Ax.
Patrick graduated from Western Michigan University, where he earned
his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance under Professor Bruce Uchimura.
Patrick studied with Professor Uchimura for four years and is a member of the Battle
Creek Symphony Orchestra. Since attending WMU, Patrick has played in numerous
orchestra concerts, master classes, weddings, recitals, and served as the Orchestra
Manager for the WMU Symphony. He also records and performs regularly on cello and
guitar with the Celtic group, The Founding.
In February, 2017, Patrick received an honorable mention in the final round of the WMU Concerto Competition.
Patrick, having completed his Master's in Cello Performance, is now pursuing a advanced performance certificate at De Paul University and is striving to reach many different audiences to communicate the language of music.
Patrick teaches private lessons, Fiddle Club and leads “Cellocation,” a two-week introductory cello workshop at the School for Strings.
Watch Patrick performing with The Founding: click here