[William Howard | Simon Blendis | Jane Salmon | Douglas Paterson | Peter Buckoke]
Douglas Paterson started playing the violin at school in Pembrokeshire, moving to Hampshire at the age of 10. He studied viola with Margaret Major and Peter Schidlof and read Geography, Agriculture and Political Theory at London, Reading and Cambridge Universities respectively. He played with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and became Principal Viola of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
He joined the Schubert Ensemble in 1990, leaving the COE and the Academy in 1994 in order to combine his chamber music career with running the family arable and dairy farm in Hampshire. More recently he has also toured Europe, Japan and America performing Mozart Piano Quartets with Alfred Brendel. Besides numerous recordings with the Schubert Ensemble, including Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, he has also recorded rare trios of Durufle, Loeffler, Thuille and Beethoven with Conchord and Puccini’s Requiem for viola, chorus and organ with the choir of Caius College Cambridge.