Born into an artistic family in Paris, Patrice Fontanarosa
showed his great talent at an early age as he won a number of international awards. For a number of years he was leader (concertmaster) of the Orchestre national de France, in which capacity he worked with great conductors such as L. Maazel, S. Ozawa, L. Bernstein, G. Solti, C. Abbado, and K. Böhm. He has also been music director of the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and leader of the I Virtuosi di Roma orchestra. Currently artistic adviser to the Orchestre Pasdeloup, he has taught at the CNSM in Paris and runs an advanced class at the Schola Cantorum. Convinced that music has something to offer everybody, he has tackled the great violin repertoire in a great variety of settings as he seeks to reveal the wealth and emotional power of his artistry to as wide an audience as possible. In 1995 he won a Victoire de la Musique award for his recording of Le Violon de l’Opéra
for EMI. He won the award again in 1997 for his recording with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, conducted by Georges Prêtre, of the violin concerto dedicated to him by Marcel Landowski. Other distinctions he has been awarded include : Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Médaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris, Officier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.