Selected Student Bios

Patti Kilroy


Violinist Patti Kilroy is a doctoral student at NYU Steinhardt studying with Naoko Tanaka. She has also received her bachelor and masters degrees at NYU. Described as “intensely focused” by The New York Times, Patti specializes in performing music by living composers.

At NYU, Patti has had the opportunity to explore a wide range of musical styles and areas of study. During her undergraduate study Patti also graduated with a minor in Mathematics and took elective courses in East Asian philosophy, Middle Eastern music, Chinese and African dance, and the Filipino language.

Patti has performed with the NYU Symphony Orchestra, the NYU Contemporary Ensemble, the NYU New Music Ensemble, and the NYU Telematic Ensemble. While at NYU, Patti has premiered solo violin pieces by NYU Steinhardt guest composers such as Lars Graugaard (video), Giampiero Gemini, Jeffrey Hass, and a number of NYU students and alumni.

Passionate about encouraging the wide dissemination of music by living composers, Patti is currently the coordinator of Mix Nouveau, a collaborative program dedicated to fostering connections between string studies and composition students in NYU Steinhardt. Patti's current research interests include 20th and 21st century contemporary chamber music, and knowledge synthesis in music performance practice.

Patti teaches violin at Hunter College and Western Connecticut State University. She has also performed with Alarm Will Sound, Argento New Music Project, The New York Pops, ensemble mise-en, ETHEL, Newspeak, Signal, The Wordless Music Orchestra, Cadillac Moon Ensemble and Noam Faingold's Burning City Orchestra. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Merkin Hall, Roulette, Issue Project Room, Galapagos, The Tank, The Living Room, the Mercury Lounge and Death by Audio, among other places. She was a Bang on a Can Summer Festival fellow in the summers of 2010 and 2011, and a New Horizons Fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival in 2013.