Dr. Patti Kilroy

Violin, Viola Teacher

Patti Kilroy

SAA Member



Violinist, pedagogue, and recording artist Patti Kilroy is a uniquely modern-minded musician, most known for her stylistic versatility and her work with technology and violin extended techniques. In addition to premiering over 100 new musical works, she has shared the stage with artists including Björk, Deep Purple, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead, John Cale from the Velvet Underground, and Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón, and can be heard on over a dozen studio albums dating back to 2011, including Björk’s Vulnicura Live, the score to Lovecraft Country, and Yoko Ono’s Warzone. Praised for her “intensely focused” playing by The New York Times, she uses both her extensive performance résumé and experience with music running the stylistic gamut as tools in her work as an Assistant Professor at California State University, Los Angeles.

As an educator, she strives to develop inclusive curricula that honor each student’s unique experiences and interests, in both one-on-one and classroom settings. In addition to conducting traditional ensemble coaching and masterclasses, she enjoys guiding students in improvisation and creative activities. She has presented on topics ranging from improvisation and creative activities, to phasing and looping, to performing with pre-recorded media for organizations like ASTA, CASMEC, the Society for Minimalist Music, and at secondary and post-secondary institutions across the United States. Her research focuses on developing terminology and frameworks to describe new performance practices in music with live processing electronics, and on creating low-stakes creative opportunities for string players. To learn more, visit pattikilroy.com.