Olivier Patey
Olivier Patey // Principal Clarinet

When and where was your first concert with the MCO?
It was in 2005 in Paris. At the time I was a very young and inexperienced musician. I had just won the renowned ARD international music competition and Romain Guyot, who held the 1st clarinet position at the time, heard about me and invited me to play a project with the MCO. The program was Beethoven’s Leonore with Marc Minkowski and was a revelation for me. I discovered how amazing an orchestra like this could sound and immediately fell in love with the MCO.
What’s the best thing about playing with the MCO?
The incredible will of everyone to always give their very best to the music… and this in the most friendly atmosphere I have ever experienced.

What is your most memorable moment with the orchestra?
It was a big tour in January/February 2010. We started in the snow, playing in the Mozarteum in Salzburg then went on to Baden-Baden and cities in Italy and Spain. After a long trial period, I became a member of the MCO and also met my future wife!

What do you need to feel at home whilst on tour?
Being on tour with the MCO always feels like home but I do need an internet connection on my iPad to keep in contact with the ones I love and who are not on tour with me!

The first piece of music you fell in love with:

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. I can still remember myself as a little boy, having just started playing the clarinet, listening to this concerto all the time in my bedroom. I even had mini loud speakers on each side of my pillow to be able to fall asleep with this fascinating music. It's always a very special emotion when I play this piece as the soloist. This music is really a part of me!

“Olivier Patey is a musician of endless poise and fantasy. He never fails to inspire, and these performances of the Brahms Sonatas are a gift. I cannot recommend this disc highly enough. Clarinet playing and music-making of the highest order!”
Daniel Harding

One of the most promising clarinet players of his generation, Olivier Patey is above all an unconditional lover of music. He shares his passion for music, the central axis of his life, with his friends, performing at numerous chamber music festivals, in renowned orchestras, and also as a soloist.

After completing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique with honours, receiving a prize for the perfection of his playing, he went on to win first the ARD competition in Munich in 2003 and then the Carl Nielsen International Music Competition in 2005, which brought him into the international spotlight. Since then, he has given many performances of chamber music works and concertos and also collaborated with renowned musicians such as Laurent Cabasso, Gilbert Audin, Paul Meyer, Emmanuel Pahud, Philippe Berrod, Romain Guyot, Laurent Lefevre, Magalie Mosnier, the Ebene Quartet and the Modigliani Quartet as well as the Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonic, the Munich Chamber Orchestra.

Special performances in recent years have been Olivier’s appearances with the Arties Festival in India, where he devotes himself to chamber music repertoire together with musician friends.

Previously a member of the Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine in Paris, Olivier is currently principal clarinet of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra  under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA under the direction of Claudio Abbado.

Click here to read Olivier's Tour Diary entry (05/08/2013)
Click here to read Olivier's Tour Diary entry (21/01/2012)
Click here to read Olivier's Tour Diary entry (02/07/2010)