Patricia Calnan Biography


Patricia Calnan started to play the violin at the age of eleven and studied at the Royal Academy of Music
with David Martin. The winner of many scholarships and prizes, she was able to continue her studies firstly in Freiburg, Germany with Wolfgang Marschner, then later with Helen Airoff- Dowling in Switzerland and London. Helen remains to this day, the formative influence on Patricia’s philosophy of teaching.

In 1980 Patricia won the Mozart Memorial Prize and performed extensively both as leader of the Trio Zingara and as a soloist at the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Wigmore Hall, and Queen Elizabeth Hall,
collaborating with such eminent conductors as Sir Charles Groves, Lord Menuhin, Ivan Fischer and James Loughran.

Patricia led the Lyric Quartet to great critical acclaim,following their debut recital in 1991 touring extensively with them in the UK and Europe. She toured worldwide with Sir Neville Marriner as a
member of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Throughout her career she has broadcast regularly on Radio 3 and her discography include the Brahms
Sonatas and works by Dohnanyi, Ross Edwards, Herbert Howells, Glazunov, Ginastera and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Married since1998 to the well known viola player, painter and film-maker George Robertson, Patricia has focused since the birth of their daughter Emily in 1999 on teaching the violin. Her style and methods have developed to incorporate her work as a teacher of the Alexander Technique.