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William Fitzpatrick

Artist in Residence, Henri Temianka Endowed Professor of Music
Director of String Studies
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Office Location: Oliphant Hall 303
Education:
The Juilliard School, Diploma

Biography

The Henri Temianka Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, Bill Fitzpatrick is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Ms. Dorothy Delay and was an assistant to both Robert Mann and Claus Adam of the Juilliard String Quartet. Prior to his studies at The Juilliard School, he was a student of Stephen Clapp at the Blair School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bill has taught many of today’s leading violinists and chamber musicians. His students have been accepted to The Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the San Francisco Conservatory, the Indiana School of Music, the Mannes New School For Music, the Paris Conservatory, the Aspen Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Sewanee Summer Music Center and the Perlman Camp. They have received post-graduate degrees from schools such as the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Bienen School at Northwestern University, the Blair School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the USC Thornton School of Music.

Formerly founder and first violinist of the New York String Quartet, Bill's musical experiences throughout Europe, Japan and the United States have led him to positions such as director of chamber music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France; conductor of the Nashville Chamber and Symphony Orchestras and founder and conductor of Ensemble des Deux Mondes in Paris, France; and he has collaborated with orchestras such as Orchestre Symphonique de France and as soloist with The American Symphony Orchestra in New York. Bill has performed and recorded with artists such as Gaby Casadesus, Elliot Fisk, Claude Frank, Itzhak Perlman, Emmanuel Ax, Ron Leonard, Patrice Fontanarosa, Karl Leister and the renowned French actor Richard Bohringer (in the stage production).

Bill has recorded for Jubal, CRI, Sine Qua Non and Delos record labels, as well as for the BBC, FR2, and other cable and network stations throughout the U.S. and France. His premiere performance of Albert Glinsky for Violin solo and Orchestra, which was choreographed by Leslie-Jane Pessemier in a work called for the Joffrey II ballet company, gave more than 100 performances all across the U.S. and Hong Kong. He has produced over 115 videos for his media company MusiShare (more than 80 videos of which were published by VirtualSheetMusic.com) since his first TEDx talk, "Why is 'Why' So Important," which can be seen on the musisharevideos.com, YouTube and TEDx sites.

Bill is the Founder of MusiShare and director of the MusiShare Young Artist Program in Irvine, California (MSYAP), which provides performance classes, showcase concerts and master classes with renowned professors such as Paul Kantor, Cho Liang Lin, Phil Setzer, Cornelia Heard and others. He is also the host of MSYAP’s new online video series, "ViewPoint," which is dedicated to promoting awareness in string pedagogy.