Roman Patkoló is a Slovak extraordinary virtuoso double bass player.
Patkoló started to play the double bass when he was only 13. This is quite a young age to play the double bass which is a very large instrument. He soon showed his amazing talent and two years later won 1st prize in the National Slovak Competition.
Since then he has won many other competitions, including the International Double Bass Competition in 1999 in Iowa, USA. The following year he won the Johannes Matthias Sperger International Music Competition, which is the world’s most famous competition for double bass playing. Many other prizes followed. He finished his studies in Munich in 2005. He was angaged as a professor by the Music Academy in Basel.
He got a scholarship from the foundation organized by the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. This foundation has encouraged severalcomposers to write new solo works for the double bass. Mutter’s husband, the conductor Sir André Previn, composed a concerto for violin, double bass and orchestra, which was first performed in 2007 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under baton of Sir André Previn and Mutter and Patkoló as the soloists.http://roman-patkolo.net/