Patrick Barry

Patrick Barry performs in Copland's Clarinet Concerto in Celebration

Born in Washington State, Patrick took up his position as Associate Principal Clarinet in 2000, and was appointed Co-principal in 2002. He is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with David Neuman and Luis Baez. During his studies, he had the opportunity to perform with members of the Grateful Dead in a performance of John Cage’s music circus, and Renga with Apartment House in 1997.

Patrick was a winner of the 1994 Corbett Concerto Competition and was awarded a fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center in 1997. Patrick first performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto at the age of 17 with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra in the USA. He has since performed the same concerto with the NZSO on tour around the North Island.

New Zealand composer Dylan Lardelli was commissioned in 2005 to write ‘Tumbu’ for performance by Patrick in an NZSO subscription season tour.