Patrick Zimmerli, Composer, Performer, Producer, Presenter

Awards and Commissions (2010-present)
2020Children of Bronzeville, Song Cycle for Piano and VoiceGreater Cincinnati Foundation
2019MessagesSeattle Commissioning Club
2018Concerto for Flute and OrchestraJasmine Choi, NY Classical Players
2018Anthems, for full Chorus SSAATTBB a cappella (Updating of the European National Anthem, with lyrics in 62 languages)Mikrokosmos Vocal Ensemble
2017Alan Seeger: Instrument of Destiny (Evening-length Oratorio based on the poems, diaries and letters of the WWI poet)Florence Gould Foundation
2017Komm, for full Chorus (Composition based on JS Bach for Jumala, a show for Choir and Taiko drums)Mikrokosmos Vocal Ensemble
2016Waterfall/Gathering Pools, for 12 Percussionists
2015Clockworks, for Tenor Sax, Piano, Bass, and Drums
2015Sleight of Hand, for Solo PercussionConcerts de Poche, France
2015Aspects of Darkness and Light, for Joshua Redman et alSeattle Commissioning Club
2014Signs of Life, for Jazz Piano and Classical MarimbaBulgarian Cultural Commission
2014Brownian Motion, for Symphonic BandBrown Univ. 250th Anniversary
2013Sappho Songs, for Luciana Souza and Gary VersaceWigmore Hall, London
2013Quintet for Saxophone, Strings, and PianoFestival Mozaic, California
2012Sonata Kol Nidrei, for Solo CelloLev Aronson Project/Brian Thornton
2011Introduction and Allegro, for 2 Pianos/ ResidencyMusic in the Loft, Chicago, Illinois
2010Festival Overture, for Full OrchestraColorado Music Festival “Click” People’s Commission
Book of DreamsPatrick Zimmerli2020NouvelleComposer, Saxophone
Sun on SandJoshua Redman + Brooklyn Rider2019NonesuchComposer, Producer
Day after DayBen Monder2019SunnysideProducer
ClockworksPatrick Zimmerli2018SonglinesComposer, Saxophone
So Many ThingsA-S von Otter2016NaïveArranger
Shores Against SilencePatrick Zimmerli2016SonglinesComposer, Saxophone
Signs of LifeThomas Encho + V. Serafimova2016Deutsche GrammophonComposer
Walking ShadowsJoshua Redman + Brad Mehldau2013NonesuchArranger
Lev Aronson ProjectBrian Thornton2012TelarcComposer
Modern MusicBrad Mehldau + Kevin Hays2011NonesuchComposer, Arranger, Producer
VariationsKevin Hays2011PirouetProducer
River of LightTimothy Fain2011NaxosComposer
Stone and SteelKristina Reiko Cooper2008KochComposer, Arranger, Producer
Piano Trios No. 1 & 2Scott Yoo et al2006ArabesqueComposer
PhoenixPatrick Zimmerli2004SonglinesComposer, Arranger, Saxophone, Producer
Book of HoursOcturn2002SonglinesComposer, Saxophone, Producer
ExpansionsPatrick Zimmerli2000SonglinesComposer, Saxophone, Producer
Twelve Sacred DancesPatrick Zimmerli1998ArabesqueComposer, Saxophone
ExplosionPatrick Zimmerli1996SonglinesComposer, Saxophone
Performance Highlights
2020Premiere of Concerto for Flute, Percussion and Strings, Jasmine Choi, flute, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, New York Classical Players, Dongmin Kim, cond.
2019NYC Premiere of Alan Seeger: Instrument of Destiny at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
2017Premiere of Oratorio Alan Seeger: Instrument of Destiny at the Invalides, Paris
2016-18Premiere of Clockworks at Poisson Rouge; CD release at Ecstatic Music Festival
2015Conducted premiere of full orchestral version of the Concerto #2 for Piano and Percussion in Sala Sao Paolo, Brazil, with pianist Sonia Rubinsky and the TUCCA Orchestra
2014Premiered Sappho Songs with Luciana Souza and Gary Versace at Wigmore Hall, London
2014Conducted world premiere of Aspects of Darkness and Light with Joshua Redman, Escher String Quartet, Scott Colley and Satoshi Takeishi at Wigmore Hall, London
2011-13Pianists Brad Mehldau and Kevin Hays toured Modern Music worldwide, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall in NYC, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and the Vienna Konzerthaus
List of Compositions (Note: All Compositions are Self-Published)
TitleInstrumentation/Premiere InformationLength (mins)Year
Melting!Piano Solo32021
(Views of Chicago 5. Tentet)
Setting of Carl Sandburg “Chicago”
Ten voices: SSSAATTTBB

Chicago A Capella, Premiere TBA
Children of Bronzeville 
(Views of Chicago: 4. Duet)
17 Poems on Children’s Poems of Gwendolyn Brooks
Voice and Piano
Premiere and performers TBA (part of new “Virtual Venue” series)
Views of Chicago: 3. SextetClarinet, Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion

8th Blackbird; Premiere TBA 
Views of Chicago: 2. NonetAlto Saxophone, 2 Tenor Saxophones, 2 Trumpets, Trombone, Guitar, Bass, Drumset

Premiered at the Green Mill, Chicago, July 19, 2019
Geoff Bradfield Nonet
Views of Chicago: 1. TrioViolin, Cello, Piano

Premiered at the Ravinia Festival, June 5, 2019
Lincoln Trio
MessagesSaxophone Quartet, Piano, Bass, and Percussion

Commissioned by the Seattle Commissioning Club Premiered at Bal Bloment, Paris, Dec 11, 2019
Quatuor Morphing, Thomas Enhco, Piano; Stéphane Kerecki, Bass; Fabrice Moreau, Drums.
Concerto for Flute and OrchestraFlute, Jazz Percussion, String Orchestra

Premiered At W83, New York, Feb 8, 2020
Jasmine Choi, Flute, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion
NY Classical Players, Dongmin Kim, cond.
Anthemsfull Chorus SSAATTBB a cappella (Updating of the European National Anthem, with lyrics in 62 languages)

Premiered at la Folle Journée de Nantes
Mikrocosmos Vocal Ensemble, Pierre Loïc, cond.
Alan Seeger: Instrument of DestinyChoir TTBB, Tenor Soloist, Improvising Pianist, Percussion (Vib, sd, cymbals, toms, woodblocks, crotales)

Premiered at the Cathédrale Saint Louis des Invalides, Paris, France, June 7, 2017
Scott Emerson, Tenor, Thomas Enhco, piano, Jean-Baptiste Leclère, Percussion
Mikrocosmos Vocal Ensemble, Pierre Loïc, cond.
A Mysterious RideViolin, Harp, Improvising Percussion

Premiered at INTERSECT Festival, Bryant Park, New York City, August 26, 2016 
Kristin Lee, Violin, Bridget Kibbey, Harp, John Hadfield, Percussion
A Mysterious RideClarinet, Harp, Improvising Percussion (arrangement)

Premiered at World Café Live, Philadelphia, Oct 21, 2016, Bridget Kibbey, Harp, Benito Meza, Clarinet, Samuel Torres, percussion
AviarySoprano Saxophone, Improvising Percussion

Premiered at Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris, France, Nov 16, 2016
Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone, Jeff Ballard, Percussion
This Comforting EarthSoprano Saxophone, Piano, Fender Rhodes, 2 Percussion

Premiered at INTERSECT Festival, Bryant Park, New York City, August 26, 2016 
Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone, Or Matias, Kevin Hays, Pianos, Satoshi Takeishi, John Hadfield, Percussion
Waterfalls12 Classical Percussion Soloists (5 movements with percussion installation, played in continuous loop)

Premiered at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, April 12, 2016
Paris Percussion Group
Gathering Pools12 Classical Percussion Soloists

Premiered at
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, April 12, 2016
Paris Percussion Group
ClockworksTenor Saxophone, Piano, Bass, Drums

Premiered at (le) Poisson Rouge, New York, Sept 10, 2016
Patrick Zimmerli, Tenor Saxophone; Ethan Iverson, Piano; Chris Tordini, Bass; John Hollenbeck, Drums
Sleight of HandSolo Classical Percussionist

Premered at Festival European Jeunes Talents, Hotel de Soubise, Paris, France, July 7, 2016
Vassilena Serafimova, Percussion
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano “Tempting Fates”Clarinet, Piano

Premiered at National Sawdust, Brooklyn, August 27, 2017 
Yu-ting Cheng, Clarinet, Kelly Lin Piano
Concerto No. 2 (revised version)Piano, Jazz Percussion, and Full Orchestra (revised)

Premiered at Sala Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept 10, 2014
Sonia Rubinsky, Piano;
Sergio Reze, Percussion;
TUCCA Orchestra, Patrick Zimmerli, Cond.
Brownian MotionSymphonic Concert Band

Premiered at Brown University’s 250th
Birthday celebration, Salomon Hall, Brown University, March 7, 2014
Brown University
Wind Symphony;
Matthew McGarrell, Cond
Twelve PreludesOrgan Solo

Excerpts Premiered at Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City, New Jersey, Dec 10, 2010 
Harold Bott, Organist
Further Excerpts Premiered at St. Clothilde Cathedral, Paris France, April 27, 2013 
Nicholas Pichon, Organ
Signs of Life

1. Blood Pressure
2. Heart Murmur
3. Firing Neurons
Jazz Piano, Classical Marimba

Premiered at International Marimba and Percussion Festival, Pleven, Bulgaria, July 5, 2014
Thomas Enhco, Piano, Vassilena Serafimova,
Aspects of Darkness and Light (Parts I&II)Tenor Saxophone, String Quartet, Bass, Percussion

Premiered at Wigmore Hall, London, April 24 2014
Joshua Redman, Saxophone, Escher String Quartet,
Scott Colley, Bass, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion,
Patrick Zimmerli, cond.
GloriaSATB Choir

Premiered at
Eglise Saint-Clotilde, Paris,

April 27, 2013
Heramusica, Mathilde Ambrois, cond.
Veni Creator SpiritusSATB Choir

Premiered at
Eglise Saint-Clotilde, Paris

April 27, 2013
Heramusica, Mathilde Ambrois, cond.
Sappho:DesireAlto Voice, Soprano Saxophone, Piano

Premiered at Wigmore Hall, London October 6, 2013
Luciana Souza, Voice, Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone, Gary Versace, Piano
Crazy Quilt (concert version)Two Pianos (non-improvising)

Premiered at Bravo!Vail Festival, Aug 3, 2013
 Anne-Marie McDermott and Steve Prutsman, pianos
Quintet: Parisian Memories/Parisian DreamsSaxophone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano

Premiered at Festival Mozaic, San Luis Obispo, CA, July 17, 2013 
Robert Caron, Alto Saxophone; Scott Yoo, Violin; Hari Bernstein, Viola; Madeleine Kabat, Cello; Or Matias, Piano
Suite for Saxophone Quartet
1. Fourline
2. Rustling
3. Twoline
Improvising Saxophone Quartet 

Premiered at Cité de la Musique, (Philharmonie), Paris, France, June 15, 2012 
Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Saxophones
Sonata “Kol Nidre” for Solo CelloSolo Cello

Premiered at
The First Annual Lev Aronson Legacy Festival Week Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, June 10, 2013
Brian Thornton, Cello
Lorca in New York (incidental music)Saxophone, Guitar, and Jazz Percussion 

Premiered at La Nacional,

New York City, April 1, 2012
Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone, Dan Nadel, Guitar; Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion
QuintetViolin, Viola, Cello, Piano, and Jazz Percussion

Premiered at Festival Mozaic, San Luis Obispo, CA, July 17, 2013
Scott Yoo, Violin, Juan Miguel Hernandez, Viola, Madeleine Kabat, Cello, Orion Weiss, Piano, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion
Festival OvertureFull Orchestra (3333 4331 hp cel 2perc stgs)

Premiered at the Colorado Music Festival, June 30, 2011, Michael Christie, cond.
From “Modern Music:”
Crazy Quilt
Modern Music
Celtic Folk Melody
two improvising pianists

Premiered at Zankel Hall , New York City
Brad Mehldau, Kevin Hays, Piano
Introduction and AllegroPiano Fourhands

Premiered at Music in the Loft, Chicago
January 21, 2012, Belsky-Maxwell Duo
Trio for Flute, Viola, and HarpFlute, Viola, Harp

Premiered at Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, March 2010
Commissioners Circle Commission
Carol Wincenc, Flute, Roger Davis, Viola, Katerina Englichova, Harp
Light, Color, Line, SymbolOrchestra (2222 4330 hp 2perc stgs) + video

Premiered at Colorado College Summer Music Festival, June 16, 2009
Commission for the Colorado College Music Festival 25th
Anniversary, Dakin Henderson, video
Festival Orchestra, Scott Yoo, cond.
Chamber Symphony2 Vns, vla, vc, db, fl/picc/afl, Bbcl/Ebcl/BassCl, ob/ehn, bsn, fhn, tpt, tbn, piano, perc

Premiered at SPCO Center, St. Paul Minnesota, May 15, 2009
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Scott Yoo, cond.
Break of the RopeSaxophone, Piano, Jazz Percussion

Premiered at Mona Bismarck American Center, Paris, France, Nov 16, 2016
Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone, Michel Reis, Piano, Jeff Ballard, Percussion
SpectresViola solo

Full version premiered at Staller Recital Hall, Stony Brook, NY, Nov 24 2015
Andy Lin, Viola
Three RomancesViolin, Piano

Premiered in Nyack, New York, June 20, 2009
Kristin Lee, Violin, Simone Ferrarresi, Piano
Stone And SteelCello, piano, jazz percussion

Premiered In New York, 2007 
Kristina Reiko Cooper, Cello, John Novacek, Piano, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Narratives, for Solo PianoPiano solo (14 pieces, to be played individually or as a set)

Excerpts Premiered at Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York Dec 9, 2007
Simone Ferrarresi, Piano
The Light GuitarSolo violin

Premiered by Timothy Fain, Violin
Specific Premiere information Unavailable
American SpiritualString quartet

Premiered at Eastman School of Music, 2006 
Ying String Quartet
New York OvertureChamber orchestra (2fl stg)

Premiered at Rose Room, Lincoln Center, 2003.
Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Scott Yoo, cond.
Piano Trio No. 2Violin, cello, piano

Premiered at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, 2003
Scott Yoo, Violin, Mike Mermagen, Cello, John Novacek, Piano
Piano Trio No. 1Violin, cello, piano

Premiered at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, 2002
Scott Yoo, Violin, Bion Tsang, Cello, Joel Fan, Piano
Suite for Solo SaxophoneSolo saxophone

Premiered in Amersfoort, Netherlands, Oct 8, 2016
Menne Smallenbroek, Baritone Saxophone
Kuveni Concerto (with Pradeep Ratnayake)
for Sitar, Cello, and Orchestra
Orchestra (2222 4330 2perc stgs) + Sitar and Cello soloists

Premiered at May 29, 2010, Neubrandenburg, Germany. Pradeep Ratnayake, sitar, Ramon Jaffe, Cello, Neubrandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Stephan Malzew, cond.
AlternationsFlute, harp, jazz percussion

Premiered at Judson Memorial Church, NY, 2009
Maya Trio: Sato Moughalian, Flute, Jaqueline Kerrod, Harp, John Hadfield, Percussion
American Spiritual RemixString quartet, soprano saxophone, jazz percussion

Premiered at Symphony Space, 2007
Ying String Quartet, Patrick Zimmerli, saxophone, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion
Selected Pieces written for “Emergence,” 
The Call
Lucia’s Dance
Take Wing
The Chase
Soprano Saxophone, String Quartet, Piano Bass, Percussion, Electronics

Various Performances 2005-2008, New York City
Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone, Yoon Kwon, Tim Fain, Violins, Beth Guterman, Viola, Julie Bruskin, Cello, Steve Gosling, Piano, Stomu Takeishi, Bass, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion
Concerto No. 2 for Piano, Strings & PercussionPiano, string orchestra, percussion

Premiered at Jordan Hall, Boston, April 2002.
Sonia Rubinsky, Piano, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Scott Yoo, cond.
Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Strings & Jazz percussionPiano, string orchestra, percussion
Premiered at Jordan Hall, Boston, April 2000.
Ethan Iverson, Piano, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion
Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Scott Yoo, cond.
The Dixie Pink
Saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums

Premiered at Edgefest, Michigan, Oct 10 2004
HaloesBig band, soprano saxophone soloist

Premiered at IAJE conference, Toronto, Canada 
Jan 9, 2003
Patrick Zimmerli soprano saxophone, John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble
From “Phoenix”:
M (Parts 1, 2, and 3)
Away From You Wünderlichen Städt
Clouds and Machines
The Bird Dances
Gnosis Crisis 
Only Surround
Summer Passes
Rusty Old Soul
Soprano saxophone, string quartet, piano, fretless electric bass, percussion. electronics

Premiered at the Jazz Standard, New York City, 2005
Tim Fain, Yoon Kwon, Violins, Beth Guterman, Viola Julia Bruskin, Cello, Aaron Goldberg, Piano, Stomy Takeishi, Bass, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion, Harold Bott, Electronics
65 (total minutes)2001-03
The Book of Hours: Jazz Suite in Eleven MovementsSoprano, alto, and baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, electric guitar, two electric basses, percussion, drums

Premiered in Brussels, Belgium, 2000. 
Ensemble Okturn, Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone
Twelve Sacred Dances: A Suite for Jazz QuartetTenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums, marimba, percussion

Premiered at Greenwich House Music School, New York. 1994. Kevin Hays, Piano, Doug Weiss, Bass, John Hollenbeck, Drums and Marimba.
Selected Compositions for “Patrick Zimmerli Ensemble:”
Don’t Stop
Where Have I
Elements Suite:
2. Water
3. Earth
Tenor Saxophone, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion

First performances at the Knitting Factory and other venues, New York City, 1990-95
Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone, Ben Monder, Guitar, Stomu Takeishi, Bass, Satoshi Takeishi, Percussion
84 (total minutes)1990-95
Selected Compositions for “Patrick Zimmerli Quartet:”
The Paw
Three Dreams of Repose
Soft Blues
Tenor saxophone, piano, bass, drums
Premiered at the Village Gate, New York, Sept 10 1991

Patrick Zimmerli, Saxophone, Kevin Hays, Piano, Larry Grenadier, Bass, Tom Rainey, Drums
43 (total minutes)1988-91
Selected List of Arrangements
TitleInstrumentationDuration (mins)Year
A Love Sublime (Brad Mehldau)Mezzo Soprano, String Quartet42015
Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap)String Orchestra, Tenor Saxophone, Piano, Bass, Drums62013
Hurt (Johnny Cash)String Orchestra, Tenor Saxophone, Piano, Bass, Drums72013
Trocando em Muidos (Chico Buarque)String Orchestra, Tenor Saxophone, Piano, Bass, Drums52012
Lush Life (Billy Strayhorn)String Orchestra, Tenor Saxophone, Piano, Bass, Drums62012
Manha de Carnival (Luis Bonfa)Cello, Piano, Percussion42012
Amapola (Joseph LaCalle)Cello, Piano, Percussion42012
Metamorphosen (Richard Strauss)Two pianos62008-10
Symphony #1/i (Henryk Gorecki)Two pianos262008
Tabula Rasa (Arvo Pärt)Two pianos82009
Music for 18 Musicians (Steve Reich)Two pianos52007
String Quartet #5 (Phillip Glass)Two pianos42007
Lonely Woman (Ornette Coleman)Two pianos62007
Armenian Folk Melody IITwo soprano saxophones, percussion102008
Armenian Folk MelodySoprano saxophone, string quartet
Auctori Vite (Anonymous)Cello, piano, percussion72007
Flow My Tears (Dowland)Cello, piano, percussion42007
Columba Aspexit (Hildegard)Cello, piano, percussion62007
Dido’s Lament (Purcell)Cello, piano, percussion32007
Whitehead’s Allmand (Purcell)Cello, piano, percussion52007
Dido’s Lament IICello, piano, percussion, electronics32007
Parsifal Overture (Wagner)Electronics, string quartet, piano, bass, percussion72006
Shadow of your Smile (Mancini)Soprano saxophone, string quartet, piano, bass, percussion, electronics62006
Tosca VariationsSolo cello with full orchestra (2222 4221 stg perc)62003
How InsensitiveSoprano saxophone, string quartet, piano, bass, percussion42003
Latin Suite (arrangements of Manha de Carnival, How Insensitive, and One Note Samba)Violin, cello, piano, jazz percussion62003
Selected Recent Press Quotes

“Clockworks is a major accomplishment…a highly structured, optimistic work that runs through a course of mind-bending variations and ends on a strong, singable melody.”– DownBeat editors pick

“…marvelous lyrical, witty and emotive suite…engaging songs teeming with improvisational flair and in some stretches polyrhythmic glee…More spins recommended.” – Dan Ouellette

“Zimmerli has a natural affinity for shifting intricacies and formal convolutions.” – WBGO Radio

“…melds the spontaneity and exuberance of jazz with the complexity and rigor of the modernist composers he admires.” – The New Yorker

Selected Writings and Interviews

Josh Redman and Brooklyn Rider on NPR’s Soundcheck, May 2017
Interview with Ethan Iverson on Do the Math
Time is Flat Nov 2016 New Music Box
Jazz and Classical— Musical, Cultural, Listening Differences Nov 2016 New Music Box
WWFM Interview
Neon Jazz Interview


2019 (In Production) Curator, Then and Now: New Music and Roots, National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY, in conjunction with WNET Public Television, NYC

  • Conceived series of concerts juxtaposing new pieces with classics that influenced them. The series will be based in classical music but will also cover jazz and possibly indy pop and other genres, showing how music evolves from its sources.
  • Concerts will be concurrent with a TV series on WNET’s new AllArts Channel.

2016-17 Curator, IN/TER\SECT Festival, Bryant Park, NYC

  • Conceived series of jazz and classical music for Manhattan’s Bryant Park combining classical music and jazz at the nexus of new creation.
  • Selected ensembles according to an aesthetic of high-quality, innovative but audience-friendly music whose broad stylistic range also encompassed electronics and even rap.
  • Coordinated with Chamber Music America to ensure that their grantees were well-represented on the series.
2017-18Paris Conservatoire
2011-13Professor in Jazz, Sciences Po, Paris
2005-10Professor in Classical Music Theory, Columbia University
2010-presentCoachings with established jazz and classical musicians
2003-2005Composer in Residence, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
  • DMA/MPhil, Columbia University, 2000/1996
  • BA, Columbia University, 1990