In 1947, Patrick Strub was born into a family of musicians. He initially studied musicology and psychology in Munich and subsequently violin in Hamburg and Rome. In addition to this he followed the conducting classes of Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg in Hamburg and later of Franco Ferrara in Siena, where Patrick Strub was awarded the diploma at the International Conductors Course as an outstanding artist.
Strub has been artistic director of the Christophorus-Symphony-Orchestra Stuttgart since 1979. It is made up of students from all faculties and prospective professional musicians, and has become, under his direction, one of the most important student symphony orchestras in Southern Germany. The excellent artistic results of this fruitful co-operation is shown not only in their regular concerts in Stuttgart but by touring in many countries such as Spain, Italy, Switzerland but also in Australia, New Zealand, China.
In 1984 Patrick Strub received his first invitation to the United States of America to conduct at the prestigious traditional Sewanee Music Festival in Tennessee. In the same year, he founded ”arcata stuttgart“, his professional chamber orchestra. To date he has given over 600 concerts with arcata, both at home and abroad (across Europe, in the Near East, Central America, East Asia and Australia). This very fruitful collaboration has produced numerous radio recordings and CD’s (on the Hänssler Classic label) as well as many appearances at important national and international festivals.
Since 1986, Patrick Strub has regularly been invited to conduct in the United States of America and in Australia. In 1987 he was the first ever-invited conductor to lead an immensely successful concert tour of the United States and Canada of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra with concerts in sixteen cities; this was followed by a subsequent tour to the United States in 1988.
Patrick Strub is now heavily in demand as a Guest Conductor and recording artist and he has recorded and toured with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Philharmonic in Kosice, the Chamber Orchestra of Sicily, the Cappella Istropolitana of Bratislava, the Konzertverein Winterthur, Switzerland. Furthermore he appeared as Guest Conductor at the Nürnberg Symphony, the Radio Orchestra in Krakow/Poland, the Kobe Chamber Orchestra, Japan, the National Radio and TV Orchestra Beijing/China, the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Australia, the State Opera Orchestra of Genoa and the chamber orchestra ”I Solisti di Napoli“ in Naples, Italy.
From 2000 to 2003 he was appointed to the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Macedonia. In 2005 the University of Skopje awarded him for his merits regarding his musical activities in Macedonia. Furthermore the National Moldavian Chamber Orchestra as well as the National Symphony Orchestra has established a regular co-operation with Patrick Strub and awarded him being the most important guest conductor of the concert season 2004/2005.
Strub lays particular emphasis on the development of young musicians: taking the role of guest conductor of music schools, universities and at National Music Camps at home, abroad and overseas, furthermore touring with the Baden Württemberg Youth Orchestra (Germany) and the Australian Youth Orchestra, as well as participating as guest conductor and judge at national and international festivals and competitions. Patrick Strub was invited to the position of Musical Director and Chief Conductor of the Melbourne Summer Academy in 1993/94, and was appointed Guest Conductor of the International Music Festival in Banff/Canada in 1998 and 2000.