William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

The Many Stories of Bill Fitzpatrick: Playing for Lillian Fuchs

How a young violinist can gain respect from older, acclaimed musicians

In this video, Prof. Fitzpatrick tells a story about how, as a young violinist, he gained respect from a famous, older violist.

Released on November 24, 2021

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Video Transcription

Back in the 70's at the Aspen Music Festival there were chamber music master classes given by the famous violist and pedagogue Lillian Fuchs. I and some friends decided to play the Mozart G-minor Quintet in her class so I went to one and was completely taken aback to hear her say to someone, "Now, BOY, do this ...". Considering her age I shouldn’t have been surprised as she must have been raised in that environment. So I decided that if she called me boy, I would just shut up and take it. So we played the next week and the most remarkable thing happened, she never once said, "Boy" to me! From that moment on I had a huge amount of respect for her, both as a violist, chamber-music coach and most importantly as a human being.
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George Mahida * VSM MEMBER * on November 24, 2021 @8:39 am PST
Once again Professor Fitzpatrick your humility shows.
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