NOUN a stringed musical instrument of treble pitch, played with a horsehair bow. It has four strings and a body of characteristic rounded shape, narrowed at the middle and with two f-shaped sound holes
ORIGIN late 16th century: from Italian violino, diminutive of viola (what?!)
"For art has to leave reality, it has to raise itself bodily above necessity and neediness; for art is the daughter of freedom, and it requires its prescriptions and rules to be furnished by the necessity of spirits and not by that of matter. But in our day it is necessity, neediness, that prevails, and bends a degraded humanity under its iron yoke. Utility is the great idol of the time, to which all powers do homage and all subjects are subservient. In this great balance of utility, the spiritual service of art has no weight, and, deprived of all encouragement, it vanishes from the noisy Vanity Fair of our time. The very spirit of philosophical inquiry itself robs the imagination of one promise after another, and the frontiers of art are narrowed, in proportion as the limits of science are enlarged."
- Friedrich Schiller, On The Aesthetic Education of Man
Renée Hemsing Patten, a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico, earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of New Mexico under renowned Brazilian violinist Dr. Cármelo de los Santos. She earned her Masters at the University of North Texas in modern violin under Emanuel Borok, and baroque violin under Cynthia Roberts. She currently studies violin at the University of Colorado, where she and her husband Zack Patten (composer & classical guitarist) are teaching assistants & doctoral candidates.
Renée is a violinist in the Ajax Quartet, an emerging string quartet that has quickly grown in following and recognition. Ajax Quartet is the Graduate String Quartet in Residence at the University of Colorado under the tutelage of Grammy award-winning Takacs Quartet.
Renée studied with Paul Kantor and David Halen at the Aspen Music Festival, and performed at the Schlern International Music Festival in the Italian Alps. She has performed in numerous professional orchestras & early music ensembles throughout the US including Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Ensemble, the New Mexico Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Columbus Symphony and more. Upon moving to Colorado in Fall 2015, she began playing with the Boulder Philharmonic, and is a member & recent soloist with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra. Renée has served as co-concertmaster of the Boulder Symphony, is currently concertmaster of the Flatirons Community Orchestra, and violinist in the Boulder Altitude Directive [B.A.D.] under the direction of composer & Pulitzer finalist Carter Pann.
In addition to Suzuki teaching, Renée earned her certification as an Advanced Fiddle Teacher of the Mark O’Connor Method after studying directly with Mark O’Connor in Manhattan by special invitation. She has taught violin, viola, and cello lessons for thirteen years, and plays primarily violin (classical, baroque, and fiddle) as well as cello. Renée established & directed the orchestra program at The Heritage School (Georgia) before moving to Boulder, CO, where she currently teaches strings at Parlando School of Musical Arts.
Renée has been featured in violin master classes with Vadim Gluzman, Matt Albert, Stephen Rose, Peter Otto, Haroutune Bedelian, Augustine Hadelich, Frank Almond, and the Fort Worth & Miami String Quartets and has played under such conductors as David Zinman, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, James de Priest, Jaap van Zweden, Michael Stern, David Robertson, Robert Spano, Andrey Boreyko, Thomas Søndergard, and Marin Alsop. In Spring 2014, Renée was featured on the cover of Symphony Magazine.