Patrice Sciortino was born in Paris the 26th July 1922. His Father, Edouard Sciortino, a composer and student of Vincent d'Indy, taught Gregorian chant at the Shola Cantorum. His mother was a poet and also an amateur pianist. He began to study music in the family circle at the age of six. At thirteen, he prepares both entrance to the Beaux-arts and admission to the Schola Cantorum where he was admitted. There, he studied piano with Jules Gentil and writing with Achylle Philippe and Edouard Sciortino.