Hi, I'm Patrick

My performances integrate virtuosic playing with history and personal narrative. By approaching classical music through a fresh lens, I create spaces in which diverse audience members can relate to music on a more personal level.

I love performing music from baroque to contemporary and have commissioned several works from living composers. My recent duo program, Dear Camilla, explores loss and legacy and follows my relationship with my former teacher, Camilla Wicks, whose violin I now play. In my solo program, I play selections from my recent album Violin Alone and discuss the connections between the pieces, composers, and my own experiences learning the violin.

Short Bio

Patrick Galvin is a San Francisco-based violinist who performs regularly across the United States and abroad. His 2023 performances have included selections from his 2021 album of solo violin repertoire, entitled Violin Alone and an Australian tour of his show, Romance to Ruin, with pianist Jennifer Hou. Other recent projects include Dear Camilla, a narrative duo program that commemorates the legendary violinist Camilla Wicks, Patrick’s former teacher, on whose instrument he now performs. Patrick also enjoys teaching, both at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Coleman Violin Studio in Seattle, WA.

My Violin

I play a violin made by Arthur Edward Smith, built in Sydney, Australia, in 1959. Its previous owner was my former teacher, Camilla Wicks, who is pictured here, holding the instrument.

I also perform on a 1903 Hill & Sons bow made in London.