Patterson / Sutton Duo


The trailblazing cello and guitar duo of Dr. Kimberly Patterson and Dr. Patrick Sutton, formed in 2011 as doctoral students at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In addition to being featured artists at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention, this collaboration has led to recitals, residencies and lectures throughout the United States and abroad. In May of 2013, the Patterson/Sutton Duo released their debut album, “Cold Dark Matter: Music for Cello & Guitar,” on the MSR Classics label which The Strad praised for its “wit and imagination”. Composer, Dušan Bogdanović declared: “Everything [on Cold Dark Matter] is performed with excellence and sensitivity. I especially like the beautiful tone and sense of lyricism, though the virtuosity of both is apparent.” They have been featured on Performance Today on American Public Media, Radio New Zealand, Fine Music Radio South Africa, among others.

The Patterson/Sutton duo are strong believers in the transformative power of educational outreach. Funded by the US State Department, the duo held a guest artist residency at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul in 2014, where they worked with the budding generation of young Afghan Musicians and gave a performance at the Canadian Embassy of Afghanistan.

Their research in the field of cello and guitar has culminated in lecture-recitals at the 2016 International Guitar Research Center Conference at the University of Surrey and the 2014 Guitar Foundation of America Convention. Soundboard magazine called their GFA talk “a deeply inspiring analysis and performance”. The Patterson/Sutton duo have presented concerts as guest artists at the University of Denver, 2016 GFA Convention, University of Colorado Guitar Festival, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, University of Memphis, Denver Friends of Chamber Music Series, Knoxville Guitar Society, and the Front Range Chamber Players, to name a few. Upcoming concerts include a tour throughout Asia and performances at Tulane University, the Memphis Chamber Music Society and the Princeton Symphony Chamber Series. 

Dr. Patterson holds degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Sutton holds degrees from the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. The duo became husband and wife in June of 2017. 

Cello - Kimberly Patterson

Guitar - Patrick Sutton