Biography

Talking about Patrick de Ritis...

... Patrick was born in France and grew up in Italy. Now living mostly between Vienna and Italy when not on tour. He has performed throughout Europe, the USA, Asia and South America as a soloist and director with some of the most important orchestras and made several CD-recordings. At the moment two music discs for the classic-label Naxos USA are in production.
... as a Solo-Bassoonist, an extraordinary artist that started his career at the early age of 6 and keeps following his path with high inspiration, passion, dedication and success. He has studied the piano from age 6 and the bassoon from age 10 with world renown masters Marco Costantini, Milan Turkovic and Klaus Thunemann. Besides being the first solo-bassoonist of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for more than two decades now, he looks at an extensive solo-career as a bassoonist and conductor, performing around the world in prime international artistic events.
... he is Artistic Director and founder of two high-caliber chamber music ensembles "Concertino Wien" and "European Wind Soloists". For more information please follow the links above.
... as a Conductor, Patrick has studied extensively with important personalities of the musical world and has made himself a career directing some of the great orchestras of Europe.
... as Teacher, Professor de Ritis has a sound curriculum on teaching chamber-music and bassoon, a passion on it's own, that he has started at the age of 18. He has been teaching for many years in the Conservatory of Music 'Luisa D'Annunzio' in Pescara on a regular base and given master classes in international music festivals and some of the most important conservatories.

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Patrick de Ritis Curriculum Vitae

European Wind Soloists

European Wind Soloists

In 1990 Patrick de Ritis founded the wind ensemble 'Prater Ensemble' which won the important international chamber-music award in Martigny the same year. 1993 the ensemble's name was changed to 'European Wind Soloists', which it kept until today.
The ensemble has been taking part in prestigious international concerts and music festivals. In January 2014 a music disc for the classic-label Naxos USA was recorded and will be available from 2015.
Largely thanks to its high-caliber cast the ensemble has been celebrated by the audiences and critics: All musicians of the ensemble are the first soloists of some of the most important orchestras of Europe, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the 'London Symphony Orchestra’, the 'Teatro di Bologna’ and the RAI di Torino, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence), Teatro alla Scala a Milano.
The wind-ensemble proposes in different formations a novel and a classical approach to perform the most exigent and vital compositions of different musical epochs and styles to an unprecedented level.
Since it’s beginnings the ensemble has devoted itself to the artistic aim of bringing a rich, yet widely unknown, repertoire for wind-instruments to a bigger audience: original compositions by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Bruckner, Schubert, Dvorak, Richard Strauss, Brahms etc.
Next to the traditional stock the 'European Wind Soloists' also present an outstanding and novel Italian-Opera program: Amongst the transcriptions by Michele Mangani, you find musical opera-works of Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, to only name a few, which were adapted exclusively for the wind-ensemble.

Concertino Wien / The Vienna Concertino

Members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra

AN ODE TO CHAMBER MUSIC

Since 2009 the Vienna Concertino has been bringing together the elite of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and distilling it to its purest form, a form closely tied to ancient Viennese musical tradition.
The Vienna Concertino represents much more than a mere journey through history. It brings to life grandeur, intimacy and high culture, and the works of both established and contemporary composers are performed to an unprecedented level.
This being the case, you’re unlikely to hear a more authentic Viennese waltz elsewhere.
Moreover, a measured degree of the o often-discussed Viennese sense of humor indicates a genuine ode to Viennese classical music, the climaxes of which the Vienna Concertino play with unparalleled joy.


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