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About: Patrick Dupré Quigley

Patrick is the second of three conductors to compete for the title of Music Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in our 2017-2018, season-long search: Project Maestro.

Proclaimed “extraordinary” (Gramophone), “authoritative” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “inspirational” (Chicago Sun-Times), “vivid, sensitive” (Washington Post), and displaying “transformative brilliance” (New York Lucid Culture), Patrick Dupré Quigley has established himself as an exemplary conductor, creative programmer, and lauded arts entrepreneur whose skills as a musician transcend traditional genre boundaries.

The Founder and Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, Quigley receives rave reviews for his work with the music of contemporary American composers; is celebrated for his exacting, historically-informed interpretations of Classical and Baroque repertoire; and was honored with a GRAMMY® Award nomination for his recording of Brahms’s Romantic masterpiece Ein Deutsches Requiem.

The 2015-2016 season sees Quigley in guest conducting engagements with the New World Symphony (Reich: Desert Music, Ligeti: Aventures, Monteverdi: Beatus Vir) and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (Handel: Messiah); cover conductor appearances for three programs with the San Francisco Symphony (Schumann and Strauss; Brahms and Berlioz; and Bernstein) and Handel’s Messiah with The Cleveland Orchestra; as well as touring performances with Seraphic Fire and The Sebastians period instrument orchestra in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. (Mozart: Requiem; Brahms: Requiem, Charpentier: Te Deum).

Quigley returns to the San Francisco Symphony next season making his subscription conducting debut in Handel’s Messiah, and will collaborate twice with the Cleveland Orchestra in the music of Stravinsky (Threni) and Bach (Cantatas 191 & 34). Additional guest conducting engagements during the 2016-2017 season include a program of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, accompanied by Respighi, Handel, and Gluck with the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Quigley’s past guest conducting appearances include Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall, as well as programs with the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mobile Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic and four separate appearances with the San Antonio Symphony.

Quigley received his Master of Music degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music and his undergraduate degree in musicology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s Fundraising School, and has written extensively on artistic entrepreneurship, including the book Profit / Prestige: A Foolproof Guide to Sustainable Arts Programming, and a continuing series with Minnesota Public Radio.




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