Grammy and Emmy Award winning composer Michael Patterson is renowned for his superb craftsmanship, stylistic variety and the ability to touch and inspire his audience. Michael’s facility across multiple genres and instrumental ensembles is found in memorable jingles for the media community, orchestral and chamber music for the concert hall, jazz arrangements and original compositions for big band and solo artist, and riveting scores for television and film. Most recently, Mike’s work as a producer was recognized with the 2010 Grammy for best jazz instrumental album which brought him respect from his most difficult and demanding audience, the composition and arranging students at NYU, Mannes and the Manhattan School of Music.
Mike’s creative output is vast including commissions and concert work for the Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Trombone Choir, Ernest Bloch Chamber Ensemble, David Taylor and the Debussy Trio, “Three Pieces for Solo Violin” for Judy Kang, “Parallel Forms” for Novus and “Psalm” for String Orchestra and Saxophone, premiered by Eddie Daniels and the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Mike’s arrangements and original compositions have been performed by jazz legends Woody Herman, Rosemary Clooney, Woody Shaw, Roland Hanna, Marc Copland and Phil Woods. Also, Mike’s characteristically luscious film and television scores have been heard on The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, over fifty episodes of J.A.G. (CBS-TV), Tiny Toon Adventures with Steven Spielberg, and the Lucasfilms’ feature, Radioland Murders.
Finally, Mike’s association with and mentorship by Leonard Rosenman can be heard in his remarkable orchestration of the feature film Jurij, premiered at the 2002 New York Film Festival.