“The enchanted clarinet” had said Yehudi Menuhin of Patrick Messina … “he never ceased to agree with him. One of the very great French “blowers”” - Alain Cochard
Born in Nice of Sicilian and Spanish parents, Patrick Messina has held the position of 1st solo clarinet of the Orchester National de France since 2003. He is also invited to play as solo clarinet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
M° Messina began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Nice, continued them at the CNSM in Paris where he obtained, in 1990, his First Prizes for clarinet and chamber music. With the 1st prize at the East & West Artists International Auditions in New York, he is invited for a recital at the famous Carnegie Hall. Many prizes will follow in the most prestigious American competitions, East & West International Artists in New York, the Houston Ima Hogg Comoetiton, Heidi Hermann He is also a laureate of the Yehudi Menuhin foundation and the Lavoisier scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to his activities within the National Orchestra, Patrick Messina continues his career as a soloist and plays with the greatest orchestras under the direction of conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Yehudi Menuhin, Daniele Gatti, Trevor Pinnock, Jaap Van Zweden or even Bernard Haitink. He performs also in chamber training in Europe and the United States alongside Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Roger Muraro, Edita Gruberova, Gautier Capuçon, Katia and Marielle Labeque, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio etc.
In 2010 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
Patrick Messina records for the Aparté label with which he has obtained the most beautiful distinctions (“Choc” by Classica, 5 stars from Diapason, 5 stars from Musica, 5 stars from Crescendo, 5 stars from Pizzicato). His new album “Songs” is dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, Georges Gershwin and André Previn (released in 2020).