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Praised for his “beauty of tone and elegance of style” (Herald-Tribune), Toronto based violinist Patrick Goodwin enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral violinist and teacher. 


As former concertmaster of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Patrick has performed in many of the world’s great halls including the David Geffen Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Wales Millennium Centre and the Dubai Opera House. He has served as leader and orchestral soloist for multiple productions in collaboration with Cape Town Opera, Cape Town City Ballet and for the touring St. Petersburg Ballet’s production of Swan Lake. Patrick has appeared as a guest leader with various South African orchestras and chamber ensembles and has recorded for national radio, television and on numerous commercial recordings. In 2017 he represented South Africa performing with the New York Philharmonic Global Orchestra Project at the Lincoln Centre under conductor Alan Gilbert. Since relocating to Canada in 2018, Patrick has performed in various chamber music ensembles in and around Toronto and is a substitute violinist with the Orchestra of the National Ballet of Canada, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Concert Orchestra and joins Sinfonia Toronto for their 2019-2020 season. 


Patrick has featured regularly as a soloist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and in recital throughout South Africa. An experienced and sought-after chamber musician, he was a founding member of the Bacharova Quartet and leader of the Juliet String Quartet with whom he championed many new works alongside established repertoire. He was awarded first prize in the ATKV Ensemble Competition (2009) and has been faculty member at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (2012, 2013).  


Patrick studied in Cape Town and Chicago where his principal teachers were Farida Bacharova and Olga Dubossarskaya Kaler. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in violin performance and was a member of the South African National Youth Orchestra as well as a frequent participant in the Britten-Pears Orchestra courses in Aldeburgh, UK.


From 2011 to 2018 Patrick was adjunct lecturer in violin at the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town. 

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