William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

The Many Stories of Bill Fitzpatrick: Midland-Odessa Competition

How often difficulties help winning anyway

In this video, Prof. Fitzpatrick tells a story about winning a competition despite dire circumstances.

Released on February 9, 2022

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Video Transcription

I decided to enter a competition in Midland-Odessa, Texas with my Bartok Concerto. Ms. Delay thought that it was too soon as I had only been working a month on it, but I entered anyway. When I arrived, there was a problem as the wife's husband where I was to stay was out of town so .... That's how it was! Then my accompanist told me that she had just received the music! I was really upset so we worked all day. So I played and was waiting for the results when No. 27 was announced. Someone next to me said it was me and that I had to stand up. I did but all I could think about was how much work the pianist needed, so we worked and performed the next day. Believe it or not, I won!
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