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Biography of Garrett Fischbach Violinist, Violist
Garrett Fischbach has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1998, and has served on the faculty of Mannes College of Music since 2008, where he theaches Violin Performance Class to more than 50 undergraduate and graduate violin students. In the summer of 2010, he joins the violin faculty at Internaional Music Academy Pilsen, Czech Republic.
His 2004 recording of the Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo by J.S.Bach received critical acclaim, including reviews in Fanfare Magazine and American Record Guide.
As a member of the Met Orchestra, he has participated in over 1,300 performances of more than 120 operas, including weekly live radio and satellite radio broadcasts, numerous productions for DVD and television, and live High-Definition broadcasts to cinema screens worldwide. During his tenure at the Met, the Orchestra has twice toured Europe with Maestro James Levine, performing symphonic repertoire in major musical centers including the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival, and also undertook month-long tours of Japan in 2000 and 2006. Each season, the Orchestra presents a series of symphonic programs in Carnegie Hall.
Mr Fischbach was a member of the San Francisco Symphony from 1996-98, appointed by maestro Michael Tilson-Thomas. Highlights included recordings for RCA, and tours to Europe and Asia, with performances in Vienna's Musikverein, Berlin's Philharmonie, The Paris Opéra (Palais garnier), the Royal Concertgebouw, and other important venues in Europe, Japan and Hong Kong. He also performed on the SFS Chamber Music Series in San Francisco's Davies Hall. He was a member of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. from 1995-96, appointed by maestro Leonard Slatkin.
After early training with his father, he studied violin with Stephen Shipps, Elaine Richey, Roland and Almita Vamos, George Neikrug, Yuri Mazurkevich, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. He studied chamber music with members of the Vermeer, Guarneri, Muir, American and Fine Arts Quartets. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University, and a Master of Music degree at Northern Illinois University.
He has given master classes at the Central Conservator of Music in Beijing, China, and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and is sought after in New York City as a teacher and audition coach for advanced violinists and violists. His article entitled Mastering the Unknown: Guidelines for Successful Orchestra Auditions was published by American String Teachers Association in 2008.