Patrick Clark is a multi-instrumentalist with a specialty in violin and fiddle. He is a full time faculty member of the Nevada School of The Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada where he teaches Suzuki violin and fiddling. He is also the Violin Program Coordinator at the Rainbow Dreams Academy, in Las Vegas. His accomplishments in the music business are numerous, as he has toured with some of Country Music’s biggest artists, including a three and a half year stint playing for Darius Rucker. He is the author of the book “Fiddling, The Basics and Beyond.” The book is a fiddle methods book that focuses on proper playing technique while playing an alternative style.
Patrick grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona where he studied violin starting at the age of five years old. By the time he entered college he was a state and regional fiddle champion and held concert master positions in nine different youth orchestras. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2006 with a degree in Violin Performance. While in college, Patrick ran and fronted a country band that was very successful state wide. His final semester of college was spent on the road with former American Idol contestant, Josh Gracin. From there, Patrick went on to play with many other artists including Darius Rucker, Big and Rich, Sara Evans, Roy Clark, Mark Chesnutt, Mark Wills, Shannon Brown, Pam Tillis, Crystal Gayle, Brenda Lee, James Otto, Lee Brice, Chuck Wicks, Collin Raye and many more.
In addition to his country career, Patrick has maintained a presence in the classical world. He performs as a substitute violinist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and has also performed with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra. He was also a featured soloist with both orchestras and arranged pieces played by TSO.
Patrick toured the world playing music and has also performed on the following television shows; The Oprah Winfrey Show, David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Ellen, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Jimmy Kimmell Show, Jimmy Fallon, Wendy Williams, Bonnie Hunt, The View, Dancing With The Stars, The ACM Awards, The CMA Awards, and The CMT Awards.
Patrick has become a sought after clinician and teacher. After teaching at Tennessee State University, Patrick began to build a clinician career. He works heavily with Eastman Music Company as a national clinician promoting the Galliano program, which donates clinician time and scholarship money to school orchestra programs around the country. He has also been a featured speaker at the renowned American String Teachers Association convention.