Proclaimed “extraordinary” (Gramophone), “authoritative” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “inspirational” (Chicago Sun-Times), “vivid, sensitive” (Washington Post), and displaying “transformative brilliance” (New York Lucid Culture), Patrick Dupré Quigley has established himself as an exemplary conductor, creative programmer, and lauded arts entrepreneur whose skills as a musician transcend traditional genre boundaries.
The Founder and Artistic Director of Seraphic Fire and the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, Quigley receives rave reviews for his work with the music of contemporary American composers; is celebrated for his exacting, historically-informed interpretations of Classical and Baroque repertoire; and was honored with a GRAMMY® Award nomination for his recording of Brahms’s Romantic masterpiece Ein Deutsches Requiem.
This season, Quigley makes his San Francisco Symphony subscription conducting debut in Handel’s Messiah; will collaborate twice with the Cleveland Orchestra in the music of Stravinsky (Threni) and Bach (Cantatas 191 & 34); and will lead the Grand Rapids Symphony in a program of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Respighi, Handel, and Gluck.
Previous guest conducting engagements include the New World Symphony (Reich: Desert Music, Ligeti: Aventures, Monteverdi: Beatus Vir); the Mobile Symphony (Respighi, Mozart, Bach); the Naples Philharmonic (Haydn, Charpentier); and Handel’s Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; and, on three separate occasions, the San Antonio Symphony. Mr. Quigley has also served as cover conductor for three programs with the San Francisco Symphony (Schumann and Strauss; Brahms and Berlioz; Bernstein) and Handel’s Messiah with The Cleveland Orchestra; as well as conducting touring performances with Seraphic Fire and The Sebastians period instrument orchestra in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. (Mozart: Requiem; Brahms: Requiem, Charpentier: Te Deum).
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, and has written extensively on artistic entrepreneurship, including the book Profit / Prestige: A Foolproof Guide to Sustainable Arts Programming, and a continuing series with Minnesota Public Radio.