Patrick Neal, Assistant Principal Violin
Joan Loos Chair
Patrick Neal has studied music at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music. Neal also earned a bachelor's degree in cognitive science and a master's degree in the cognitive psychology of music. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the New Haven Symphony and as concertmaster for the Greater Buffalo Opera Company. In 2008, Neal was invited to participate in a European tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony.
As a chamber musician, Neal has studied with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo and Vermeer quartets. He has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Bowdoin Music Festival and the Kneisel Hall chamber music festival.
While pursuing a fellowship with the New World Symphony, Neal served in the concertmaster rotation and was a winner of the New World concerto competition. Neal has performed as a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Amherst Symphony, the Clarence Symphony, the Ars Nova Musicians and the New World Symphony. Neal serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University. Recently, his summers have been spent performing chamber music and orchestral repertoire at the Breckenridge Music Institute and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Neal has been a member of the Naples Philharmonic since 2001.