Professor William Fitzpatrick has taught many of today’s leading violinists and chamber musicians. Bill 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 (former Dean Emeritus of The Juilliard School) at the Blair School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Henri Temianka Professor of Violin at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music on the Chapman University campus in Orange CA., Prof. Fitzpatrick’s 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 and have received undergraduate and 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.
From Founder and First Violinist of the New York String Quartet, to Director of Chamber Music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, Prof. Fitzpatrick’s musical experiences throughout Europe, Japan and the United States, have led him to positions such as Conductor of the Nashville Chamber and Symphony Orchestras to Founder and Conductor of “L’Ensemble des Deux Mondes” in France and collaborations with orchestras such as “l’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 French actor Richard Bohringer (in the stage production “Coetse”). Mr. Fitzpatrick’s premiere performance of Albert Glinsky’s “Rhapsody “ for Violin solo and Orchestra, which was choreographed by Leslie-Jane Pessemier in a work called “Flights” for the Joﬀrey II ballet company, gave more than 100 performances all across the U.S., and Hong Kong. He 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 US and France. In 2012 he was invited to teach for SINEM in Costa Rica.
As the “Expert Violinist” for virtualsheetmusic.com, Fitzpatrick has produced over fifty monthly videos since November 2013 which have been viewed by over 260,000 people. He has as well was invited to record a TEDx talk titled, “Why is ‘why’ so important”. Founder and CEO of MusiShare, his books, Billy, In Search Of: A Guide to Violin Excellence, Melodies for the Young Violinist/Violist, Rhythms for the Young Violinist/Violist, An American Songbook for Young Violinists and Chansons pour les Jeunes Violinistes, have become a very important addition to today’s world of violin pedagogy.
Prof. Fitzpatrick is Artistic Director of the MusiShare Young Artist Program which is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization in Costa Mesa California. MSYAP provides Performance classes, Showcase concerts and Master Classes with reknown professors such as Paul Kantor, Cornelia Heard, Cho Liang Lin, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Nicholas Mann and others.