Patricia Hoy

"Powerful," "passionate" and "sensuous,"  were words chosen by the press to describe Canadian pianist Patricia Hoy's performances during her most recent concert tour.  Ms. Hoy is no stranger to such accolades, having been described by the Los Angeles Times as possessing a "pleasing blend of romantic reverie and disciplined direction demonstrating excellence throughout (Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1)."  As a soloist, her tremendous interpretation of the romantic repertoire has garnered particular praise, as at once "subtle and lyrical" yet demonstrating "prodigious technique and elan." Her appeal to audiences is perhaps best explained by one critic's comment that  she "entirely conveys elements of pure musical style and superb musical understanding."  

Hoy has performed with leading cellists throughout North America and Europe.  She is an ardent researcher and performer of lesser known cello and piano works by recognized composers, as well as works by lesser known composers whose compositions warrant greater public exposure. With Canadian cellist and founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, Eric Wilson, she premiered and recorded Music for Cello and Piano by Canadian composer Stephen Chatman and in 2010 with German/American cellist, Alexander Suleiman premiered works by the renowned German composer Franz Hummel and English composer, Susan Oswell, in Neuburg, Germany.

She founded the CoralWind Chamber Music Festival on the west coast of Vancouver Island, playing host to leading Canadian and American chamber players.  Hoy's dedication to challenging her audiences with less familiar repertoire interspersed amongst more conventional works has won her praise from audiences and collaborating colleagues alike.  Her expertise as a programmer/performer has been recognized in prestigious venues including the Banff Centre.  She has also served as a music consultant for several dance films by award winning filmmaker, Daniel Conrad.

Among her many orchestra appearances, Hoy has been a soloist with such orchestras as the Vancouver Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Ventura Symphony, CBC Radio Orchestra and the Quebec Chamber Orchestra.  She has performed in recital throughout North America and has been broadcast numerous times on public radio and television. 

Ms. Hoy was recognized as the top graduating student in the year she received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California where she studied under John Perry.  That same year she was named the Armand Hammer Foundation most outstanding young artist by the City of Los Angeles Arts Council.  

Ms. Hoy is on faculty at the University of British Columbia School of Music, where she teaches chamber music.

She has recorded on the Wild West and Centrediscs labels. 


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