Patrick Dupre Quigley is a two-time GRAMMY-nominated conductor, founder of the professional vocal chamber ensemble Seraphic Fire (www.SeraphicFire.org), and a frequent guest conductor across the United States. He has conducted the New World Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony’s Community of Music Makers series, the San Antonio Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Naples Philharmonic, and will make his Carnegie Hall and Mobile Symphony debuts later this season.
Patrick also writes on arts entrepreneurship, Cajun cooking, and historic preservation. He is currently restoring a 1910 Washington D.C. row house with his husband, Rob.
Full bio for Patrick is below.
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Conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley is at the vanguard of a new generation of young Baroque and Classical-era specialists: completely at ease at the helm of the modern symphony orchestra while still able to create the passionate, distinctive stylings of the Baroque and Classical sound. The founder and artistic director of Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, he has been proclaimed by the Chicago Sun-Times as “clearly a brilliant and inspirational figure.”
A popular artist with audiences and critics alike, the Miami Herald has described Quigley as “a musician with a constellation of qualities rarely found in a single conductor: an enthusiastic and audience-friendly personal style, a scholar’s instinct for rooting out obscure but worthy music, a scrupulous and historically informed approach to works that span a wide range of musical periods, an ability to bring out the best in his talented platoon . . . and a showman’s canny sense of how to appeal to audiences.”
Quigley was nominated for two 2012 GRAMMY® Awards. He was the only conductor in the world to be nominated for two separate projects that year, and Seraphic Fire was the only choir in North and South America to receive a nomination. Under Quigley’s direction, Seraphic Fire has released twelve recordings on the Seraphic Fire Media label, with three additional recordings forthcoming this year.
This season sees numerous debuts: Messiah at Carnegie Hall and with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; Respighi and Mozart at the Mobile Symphony, and a Haydn symphony and Baroque concerti with the Naples Philharmonic. Quigley has made guest conducting appearances in the past with the New World Symphony, San Francisco Symphony’s Community of Music Makers Series, four separate appearances with the San Antonio Symphony, Cincinnati’s professional Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Seattle’s Choral Arts, and numerous others.
Quigley is the recipient of the 2004 Robert Shaw Conducting Fellowship, given annually by the National Endowment for the Arts and Chorus America to one conductor between the ages of 25 and 40 who demonstrates the potential for a significant professional career. At 26, Quigley was the youngest person to receive this award. Most recently, Quigley was awarded Chorus America’s Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal, recognizing his artistic and institution-building achievements with Seraphic Fire.
Quigley received his Master of Music degree in conducting from the Yale School of Music and his undergraduate degree in musicology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy’s Fundraising School.