Patrick Courtin is a Vancouver-Island based pianist, music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger, and music director. From his first professional gig accompanying a choir at the age of 14, Patrick has been a career musician. Patrick completed grade 10 piano with the Royal Conservatory of Music at the age of 17, and went on to complete a Bachelor’s Degree of Music in Jazz Studies from Vancouver Island University. Since graduating, Patrick has taught piano and clarinet lessons to all ages, music-directed many theatre productions, played recording sessions, created music for am educational TV series, and toured across Canada, the United States and China. Patrick is comfortably at home in many genres of music, having played in professional ensembles in jazz, classical, rock, funk, musical theatre and more. Patrick has also recorded 2 full-length albums: a trio album of jazz standards and his original music, and a debut album of Patrick’s jazz ensemble ‘Mahogany Swing Band.’
Selected favourite credits: -Many years performing, recording and arranging music for the celebrated tenor, Ken Lavigne (founding member of the Three Canadian Tenors). -Six seasons as a musical director, pianist, historical interpreter and actor at the Theatre Royal in Barkerville Historic Town and Park. -Played with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for a Sinatra tribute show engagement backing up world-class New York singer Tony Desare.