The New York Times describes Ms. Patterson as having an "uncommonly warm and rounded tone," and the Washington Post praises her for "a stunning account of the movement Praise to the Eternity of Jesus, from Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time". A founding member of Antares, Rebecca is dedicated to chamber music, contemporary music, and teaching. In Connecticut she is a member of the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra and often plays with the New Haven Symphony as well.
In 1996 Rebecca co-founded the chamber ensemble, Antares (then called Elm City Ensemble) while a student at Yale. In 1997 they took the top prizes in four National Chamber Music Competitions: Fischoff (grand prize), Coleman, Yellow Springs, and Carmel. In 1998 they captured the silver medal at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. In 2002 Antares was awarded the top prize in the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York City in recognition of its exciting and emotionally charged performances. Since that time Antares has been performing throughout the USA, as well as completing two, two-year residencies at Wesleyan University and Columbia University, in addition to receiving consistently rave reviews for both recordings and performances.
Although mainly involved with Antares, Ms. Patterson occasionally performs other chamber and solo engagements. Highlights include the world premiere of an opera by Philip Glass, Sound of a Voice, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, where she worked with renowned pipa player, Wu Man. In 2005, Rebecca premiered Concerto No. 1, written for her by Rex Cadwallader, and also toured Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague with the American Chamber Orchestra performing Saint Saëns Concerto. She has also collaborated with other artists such as Peter Kolkay in his Weill Hall debut, and James Tocco at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, performing Rorem's Dances.
Ms. Patterson had her solo debut at the age of 17 performing a unique concerto by Jacques Ibert for Cello and Ten Winds. Living in Germany at the time, she was invited to perform this work with the USAFE band members in the Fruchthalle in Kaiserslautern. The following year she moved back to the United States to the Philadelphia area where she won the Tri-country Concerts Association Young Soloist Competition as a student of Jeffrey Solow. Ms. Patterson went on to receive her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Paul Katz (of the Cleveland Quartet) and Aldo Parisot, respectively. While at Eastman she was winner of the Gibbs Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition, as well as the recipient of the full-merit Lois Smith Rogers Scholarship. At Yale she was a recipient of the Ender Scholarship, which goes to a cellist with excellent promise. Ms. Patterson has also worked with renowned pedagogues such as William Pleeth and Janos Starker while attending various festivals and seminars, including the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), Meadowmount, the Britten-Pears School (England), Orford (Canada), the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Seminar.