Garrett Fischbach Reviews
I’m happy to have this opportunity ,the lesson was amazing I learned so many new things that will improve my violin play. Thank you Garrett Fischbach for your helpful lesson 🙏🏻
Joana Kaimi, Verified Student
September 2nd, 2020
I had a trail lesson last week with Garrett, really enjoyed it. He makes me feel very relaxed while playing. We worked on few orchestra excerpts, and focused on something such as shifting, intonation, phrasing... especially tips on how to practice. Garrett is very patient and generous, he kept inspiring me while I am getting close to the result. I enjoyed how he understands the music and make music sounds more convincing. Very looking forward to to the lesson tomorrow.
Dan Zhang, Verified Student
May 25th, 2020
Garrett is a wonderful and engaging teacher. I have studied with him for the past couple years and after every lesson feel inspired not just to practice violin, but to listen, study and enjoy music. One of the most memorable aspects of our lessons has been sitting and studying videos of old and new virtuosos (not just violinists!). As a teacher myself I even have used this wonderful method to teach my 10 year olds about vibrato. This is without even mentioning his in depth knowledge of violin technique, orchestra repertoire and musical understanding. Garrett has so much love and energy for teaching that it EASILY transfers through zoom teaching. You will leave your lesson excited and inspired!
Victoria Lewis, Verified Student
May 7th, 2020
Garrett is an extraordinary teacher. His attention to detail, commitment, energy and unending musical knowledge make lessons not only instructive and informative, but immensely rewarding. I leave lessons feeling not only as though I can reach my goals and have a plan to do so, but that I’ve also grown as a well-rounded musician. My studies with Garrett thus far have focused on the orchestral audition repertoire, an area of his immense expertise. He excels at meeting students where they are, and my concerns or questions are thoroughly and efficiently understood and addressed. His solutions are creative, artistic, practical and technically brilliant. Studying with Garrett has been one of the best choices I’ve made in my career as a professional violinist.
Jane Kittredge, Verified Student
May 2nd, 2020
I am a serious amateur violinist/violist who has been playing for over 40 years. I have taken many lessons with Garrett on the viola, and each lesson has had a dramatic effect on my playing and my approach to musicianship, sound-production, and technique. Garrett got me to rethink how I approach practicing and I have found that my practice time is much more effective and enjoyable. In each lesson Garrett introduced musical and technical ideas that opened up new ways for me to think about the music I was working on. Lessons offered an excellent balance between focused practical advice to make my playing better and fascinating musical thoughts and interpretation to broaden my understanding of musical ideas.
Henry, Verified Student
April 26th, 2020
I studied with Garrett when I was earning my MM degree at Yale school of Music several years ago. I highly recommend him as a mentor/teacher if you are preparing for job auditions or just want to take your playing to another level. He is an amazing teacher- He helped me with several orchestra auditions and I was able to win a tenure position in the New Haven symphony orchestra. His teaching style is detail oriented with great patience. His profound music knowledge as a teacher and his precise demonstration truly creates an inspiring learning environment. He pays great attention to even the smallest details and his actionable feed back helped me to practice each piece better and master the techniques more efficiently. I felt enlightened, well-prepared and more confident after working with Garrett. Most importantly, he taught me many practical ways on how to control my techniques and present the best even when I’m nervous in an audition or a performance. Furthermore, after taking lessons with him for a while, my sound production had a noticeable improvement not only on playing orchestra excerpts but also on solo pieces. Now I’m a violin teacher in Connecticut and the lessons I took from Garrett had a big impact on the way I teach. Just recently during this quarantine, I’m happy and grateful that I found Garrett again on lessonface, it makes things so much easier for future lessons.
Yuan Ma, Verified Student
April 25th, 2020
This was my first online lesson with Garrett. I have had real-life lessons with him in the past, and he was informative and inspiring on Lessonface, as always. Garrett also has a very professional online studio setup, to ensure that he and his students can hear and see each other as well as possible. In my experience, Garrett is one of the top teachers in the country, especially for orchestral repertoire. He is a member of the Metropolitan Opera, after all, as well as a former faculty member of Mannes. I would highly recommend him regardless of your playing ability, but if you're an advanced player, he has knowledge and experience you simply can't get elsewhere, that will take your game to the next level.
Oliver Kot, Verified Student
April 25th, 2020
I found Garret in New York City after 25 years of playing violin. I was very fortunate and excited to be put in touch with him in order to continue my development as a professional player. As a teacher, I found him to be 100% prepared for each lesson, and I walked away from each lesson feeling inspired and empowered with my instrument. Garret’s teaching style varies depending on the specific needs of each student, and in my case he was able to mentor me during my preparation for orchestra auditions as well as a recital at Carnegie Hall last year. I’m excited that despite being quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic, I can continue to work with Garrett through LessonFace online. His availability on this platform will also make future lessons easier, as I recently relocated to New Jersey, and the commute would be a bit too much.
Krisztina Kiss, Verified Student
April 19th, 2020
Garrett was my primary violin teacher for about a year and a half. I worked with him on a weekly basis in preparation for several Master's auditions at top conservatories. I cannot recommend Garrett enough to any intermediate, advanced or professional level player. He is passionate and deeply knowledgeable about the violin standard repertoire and effectively inspires students with his enthusiasm and energy. He makes tasteful and well-informed musical suggestions while allowing the student the space to express their own musical ideas. As a technician, he has a meticulous eye for detail and demands that same level of attention from his students. He is a keen problem solver in the practice room and combines tried and true technical concepts and exercises with individually tailored solutions. Perhaps the most important skill I learned from Garrett was how to remain analytical and creative in the practice room to solve technical problems efficiently. During this time, I also prepared a fellowship audition for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra with him. His decades-long professional experience as a top orchestral player was invaluable. I had no prior experience with major audition preparation so I credit his expert guidance with my success in winning that audition.
Yan Izquierdo, Verified Student
April 14th, 2020
Garrett Fischbach was my principal violin teacher from 2016-2018. He helped me prepare for MM auditions, and with his help I was able to get a full scholarship and Graduate Assistant position at my top-choice school. Garrett also helped me prepare for two orchestra auditions, (The Binghamton Philharmonic and Bard College's The Orchestra Now Fellowship,) both of which I won. Garrett focuses a lot on intelligent phrasing, careful bow distribution and control of bow speed, and intonation. He adapts his teaching to the needs of the individual, and is very detail-oriented. Working with him opened my eyes to so many areas of my playing that I had neglected or never even considered. I came out of my studies with him equipped with the ability to practice much more efficiently and critically. He is both demanding and encouraging of his students, which I truly appreciate. He offers valuable real-world advice about auditions and the business of playing in a professional orchestra. He is a fantastic, inspiring teacher, and I feel very grateful that I was able to study with him.
Holly Nelson, Verified Student
April 14th, 2020