About Michael Fitzpatrick
Get to know Michael Fitzpatrick
Hailed by The New York Times as a “[Rebel] marching to [his] own tunes” and by NPR as “An interpreter of the Muse”, Michael Fitzpatrick is at the global forefront of utilizing music as a vehicle for increasing compassion in the world. Recipient of The Prince Charles Award for Musical Excellence conferred by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Sir George Martin, Producer of The Beatles, stated: “Michael Fitzpatrick is beyond a marvelous talent, and I could not agree with him more: music is the only thing that can change the world.”
For the past 25 years, he has shared the stage with His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, performing the Musical Keynotes to set the tone for His Holiness’ Public Talkings and Teachings around the globe. His Holiness stated: “The emotion induced by Michael Fitzpatrick’s music is so powerful it seems almost verbalized. His sound is Clear Light.”
In recognition of his unique musical role in the world, Fitzpatrick was most recently invited to perform the Musical Keynotes for the Holy Father, Pope Francis’ Blessing Ceremony at The Vatican. He has performed as soloist at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Bowl, the United States Capitol West Lawn, the United States Capitol, the United Nations, the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Times Square New York, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the Jordanian Royal Palace, Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan, the Dead Sea, and with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem. Fitzpatrick personally brought together His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Muhammad Ali for their historic Blessing Ceremony in the United States.
Michael Fitzpatrick has shared the stage, studio, program, publication and broadcast with some of the most iconic figures of our times, including: President Biden, President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, President Carter, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Shirin Ebadi, Betty Williams, Jody Williams, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Rigoberto Mencha Tum, as well as the Greatest of All Times, Muhammad Ali, Jane Goodall, rock and roll legends Alan Parsons, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, and Patti Smith, and actors including Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss and Golden Globe nominee Pierce Brosnan.
Recipient of the prestigious Aspen Fellowship and Music Director of the Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on the Arts, Culture and Diplomacy during its tenure, Fitzpatrick comes from a family of musicians and artists of Polish, Ukrainian, Catalonian, French, and Irish lineage, including Rose Bein Lerman, pianist and vocal-coach to famed Cantor and Metropolitan Opera star Jan Peerce – and the legendary Polish-Jewish violin soloist Bronislaw Huberman – Founder of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
He plays the Gemunder-Injeian 'Golden Cello' and the Jensen 5-String Electric Cello.
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