The Patten/Hjelmstad Duo

Renée Hemsing-Patten

Renée Hemsing is a violinist, violist, and passionate chamber musician, with a particular devotion to both early music and music by living composers. She enjoys traveling to perform in diverse capacities throughout the US and abroad: most recently on Baroque viola at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, and at International Baroque Masterclasses in Austria. As a violinist and founding member of Ajax Quartet, former graduate Quartet-in-Residence under Takacs Quartet, she enjoyed successes in tours and competitions, including recitals in the United Kingdom and in Finland, and won the silver medal at the Coltman National Chamber Music Competition. She is a native of New Mexico, where she earned her undergraduate degree in violin. Renée earned her masters degree in violin at the University of North Texas where she studied both Baroque & modern violin. She is principal viola of Boulder Bach Ensemble, the violinist of Boulder Altitude Directive, and a doctoral candidate in violin performance at CU Boulder.

dr. robert hjelmstad…

Dr. Robert Hjelmstad is a pianist of many interests. He is equally adept in his roles as soloist, chamber musician and piano teacher. In 2019, he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado Boulder in the studio of David Korevaar. During the degree, his primary research interests were the music of Maurice Ravel and strategies for memory enhancement in piano teaching. He has performed around the United States and has also given masterclasses and performances in Brazil. In addition to performing, Hjelmstad’s keen interest in teaching has led to several presentations on teaching topics in regional and national conferences as well as at the National College Music Society Conference in Louisville. In fall, 2019 Hjelmstad is be teaching at the University of Colorado Boulder as a sabbatical replacement for David Korevaar.