Patrick Suthers is the Principal Cellist of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Patrick studied cello at the Australian National University’s School of Music with David Pereira and Julian Smiles. He graduated with First Class Honours and a University Medal. Patrick’s musical training also included a Fellowship with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO). As a Fellow, he worked regularly with the SSO and performed frequent chamber music concerts with the SSO Fellowship Ensemble, including private performances for Pope Benedict XVI, and received chamber tuition from the Takács Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, and visiting international soloists.
Patrick’s career as a cellist has included extensive orchestral work, including with the Canberra, Sydney, Queensland (Associate Principal) and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He has also enjoyed the opportunity to perform in a variety of chamber ensembles and orchestras; orchestras for opera; ballet and film scoring, and in music education concerts.
Since 2012, Patrick has been the Principal Cellist of the CSO and enjoyed a successful career in the Australian Public Service. He lives in Canberra with his wife Caroline, who plays viola with the CSO, and their two children and two miniature schnauzers. Patrick’s interests outside music include food, wine, and film.
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