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Roman Patkoló (2005)

The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize

Selected by Sir André Previn, Seventh Prize Laureate

Patkolo-webThough still in his early twenties, Roman Patkoló is already recognized internationally as an outstanding soloist on the double bass and is fast becoming a genuine classical music star. Born in Zilina, Slovakia in 1982, Patkoló took to the double bass only relatively late at age 13, but his exceptional talent quickly become apparent: just two years later, he won first prize at the Slovak National Competition for Double Bass in Bratislava.

Since then, he has won prizes at other international competitions for bassists, including the world's largest, the Johann Matthias Sperger International Competition in Germany in 2000. In February 2005, Roman Patkoló also took a position in the orchestra of the Zurich Opera House and continues to hold a scholarship with the Circle of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.