Garrett Fischbach

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I am a tenured member of the Grammy Award–winning Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. I offer inspiring violin and viola lessons for enthusiastic intermediate and advanced players, whether they are pursuing careers in music or playing simply for the enjoyment music brings to their life.

As a member of the MET Orchestra since 1998, I have won seven Grammy Awards, performed regularly at Carnegie Hall, toured Asia and Europe, and appeared on  “Live in HD”  broadcasts to cinema screens worldwide. Before joining the MET, I held positions in the San Francisco Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra. My 2-CD recording of the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo by J.S. Bach is available for streaming and download on all major platforms. 

I have served on the college division faculty at Mannes School of Music,  and also as an adjudicator for Juilliard Pre-College concerto competitions and the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra Performance Program, and performed and taught at summer festivals in the US, Austria, and Czech Republic. 

I hold a Bachelor of Music degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University.

Through the study of music we become more attuned to beauty in the world around us.
I teach violin and viola to intermediate and advanced pre-college and college students, young professionals, and accomplished amateurs of all ages who love to play simply for the value music brings to their life.
As a member of the MET Orchestra for 26 years, I have learned from the styles of great singers past and present, and strive to imbue string playing with the expressiveness of the human voice.
You will learn conscious, purposeful, and efficient strategies for use in the practice room, empowering you to become your own best teacher, crafting meaningful and compelling musical performances. 
Having won auditions for three major orchestras during my career, and also adjudicated auditions for the MET Orchestra, and concerto competitions at Juilliard Pre-College, I offer insightful and effective audition coaching.
As a college-division faculty member at Mannes School of Music, I have guided students toward the realization of their professional goals. My students have won scholarships to major music schools, and positions in well-known orchestras around the world. 
My teaching is informed and inspired by a variety of pedagogies and traditions, most significantly the teachings of D.C. Dounis, which I absorbed during my 10 years of study with the Dounis pupil George Neikrug. My other private teachers were students of David Oistrakh, Efrem Zimbalist, Oscar Shumsky, Ilona Feher, Ivan Galamian, and Paul Rolland. It is my great pleasure and privilege to pass along these teachings and traditions to future generations.
I offer optional video recordings of your live online lessons, as well as written lesson notes and messaging between lessons. Communication is easy, and all your materials are in one place.

What are your musical goals and dreams? Let's work together to achieve them! 

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American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), College Music Society (CMS).

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