Patrick Dupre Quigley is a GRAMMY-nominated American conductor, Founder and Artistic Director of the intrepid indie-classical ensemble Seraphic Fire, and guest conductor with the North America’s top professional orchestras. Quigley has made significant contributions to American music by fostering vibrant musical education programs, commissioning contemporary American composers, and producing revival performances of neglected masterworks.
As a guest conductor, Quigley has collaborated with The Cleveland Orchestra; the Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Mobile, New Jersey, New World, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Utah Symphonies; the Hamilton, Louisiana and Naples Philharmonics; as well as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. This season, Quigley returns to Music of the Baroque and the New World Symphony, and debuts with Opera Lafayette and Canada’s National Arts Center Orchestra.
Quigley is known for his engaging performances of historically-informed programming that draw in new audiences and delight regular concertgoers. A ceaseless advocate for a more inclusive concert experience, Quigley’s programs regularly span more than 1000 years of musical history. Through recordings, performances, and new editions, Quigley has championed the culturally relevant voices of Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, the 11th century polymath and saint Hildegard of Bingen, and 18th century Cuban composer Esteban Salas y Castro.
Quigley deeply respects music traditions outside the Western European canon and has developed concerts and collaborations highlighting the music of the Babylonian Jews, New Orleans’s Black Gospel tradition, Latin Pop, and the Baroque music of North and South America.
Quigley has commissioned and/or premiered works by composers Christopher Theofanidis, Nico Muhly, Alvaro Bermudez, Juliet Palmer, Ileana Perez Velasquez, Susan Labarr, Sidney Guillaume, Shawn Crouch, James Kallembach, among others.
Quigley founded Seraphic Fire in 2002 in Miami, FL. The ensemble's recording catalogue contains sixteen albums; two titles have received GRAMMY nominations. Seraphic Fire enjoys a residency at the Aspen Music Festival, where Quigley teaches and conducts. Over Patrick’s twenty-year tenure as artistic leader, Seraphic Fire has established the Seraphic Fire Youth Initiative and High School Masterclass, the Professional Choral Institute at the Aspen Music Festival, the Seraphic Fire Saturday Podcast (of which Quigley is host), and the ensemble’s annual Enlightenment Festival. Quigley’s writings and talks on music are inviting and concise, engaging concertgoers in conversations about music’s history and place in the world.