In the summer of 2022, Fitz Gary will join the Garth Newel Piano Quartet as violist and Co-Artistic Director. Fitz, a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, has toured across the United States, Europe, and Asia performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Japan’s Suntory Hall. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jeffrey Irvine, and graduate studies at The Juilliard School with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang. Selected as a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar, he studied with Barbara Westphal at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, Germany. The school subsequently awarded him the DAAD prize for an outstanding international student, as well as his second master’s degree. While in Germany, Fitz also performed with the Grammy-Award-winning NDR Sinfonieorchester (Elbphilharmonie) in Hamburg as a member of their Academy.
Fitz was a Clinician Ambassador for the string company D’Addario, and presented the “Strings 101” clinic to K-12 and college-level musicians in the Hampton Roads area, sharing knowledge and advice on all things strings. He also served as the President of the Feldman Chamber Music Society in Norfolk, Virginia, affording him the opportunity to present great chamber ensembles to the community.
In 2012, Fitz started a project called Music Feeds Us, a chamber music series which ran for seven seasons. The concerts, which have been featured on Performance Today, raised over 175,000 meals for partner food banks in Virginia. Championing social awareness and hunger relief through string quartets was proof that classical music can inspire the power for good.
As an avid orchestral musician, Fitz has had the opportunity to perform with some of America’s most prestigious ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center.