American cellist Patrick Laird is a much sought-after performer, composer, and arranger. He is widely recognized as the founding member, cellist, and principal songwriter for the cello-rock ensemble Break of Reality. He is also known through his viral pop-crossover group Brooklyn Duo, where he performs along with his wife, pianist Marnie Laird. Between Break of Reality and Brooklyn Duo, Patrick's views on Youtube total over 100 million.
From an early age, Patrick was interested in exploring the fusion of classical and rock music. Throughout his extensive musical education, he found himself grounded in the structure, beauty and expanse of the classical arts, yet drawn to the energy, dynamic range and avant-garde nature of popular music.
As a performer with Break of Reality, he has given concerts in over 40 states across the U.S. in major performing arts centers, rock clubs, concert halls, and colleges. Outside of the U.S., Patrick has performed sold-out concerts on four continents, and has been appointed as a music ambassador for the U.S. State Department.
Patrick arranged and performed the theme song from the HBO show "Game of Thrones". Break of Reality released a video of the performance on YouTube, which has since received over 18 million views. Huffington Post hailed the arrangement as "the best rendition of the theme song you will ever hear...that blows any other version of the GoT tune clear out of the water."
With Brooklyn Duo, Patrick and his wife have cultivated a world-wide audience with their many viral covers of popular music. Since their first video performance on YouTube in 2014, they've grown to create a following of over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube and 400,000 followers on Facebook. They've been shared with hundreds of millions of people through mentions from many celebrities, including Taylor Swift and Shakira. Through digital streaming and internet radio services such as Spotify and Pandora, Brooklyn Duo's songs are streamed over 120 million times every year. Most recently, Brooklyn Duo's music was licensed for the popular ABC television show, Grey's Anatomy.
An avid composer and arranger, Patrick wrote music for all three of Break of Reality's original albums, and the arrangements for the band’s “Covers” album. His original songs are streamed over 20 million times a year, and his music has been featured in national television programs, including Dateline NBC and America’s Investigative Reports on PBS, the latter of which went on to win an Emmy. In 2012, Patrick wrote his first major composition in classical form, a "Concerto for 3 Cellos, Percussion & Orchestra", which Break of Reality premiered in the U.S. with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, and in South America with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra.
A strong advocate of music education in the schools, Patrick is also a prominent voice in the commercial music world, with articles featured in many online and print outlets, including Billboard Magazine and Resolution Magazine. He has been interviewed for a number of respected publications, including Forbes Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Strings Magazine.
While employed full-time by Break of Reality and Brooklyn Duo, Patrick still performs classical music on a regular basis. Most notably, he performed Brahms "Sextet #1" in Carnegie Hall with Ida Kavafian and recently gave an all-Chopin recital at Caramoor, a prestigious music series in Katonah, NY.
Patrick received his Bachelor's degree in performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, as a pupil of Steven Doane. Upon graduation, Patrick was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate from Eastman.