Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Web site: http://www.michaelfitzpatrick.com
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Michael Fitzpatrick is the recipient of the Prince Charles Award for outstanding musicianship bestowed by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “Virtuosity and an ear for musical dialogue”, he has worked closely with His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama for the past decade, and was instrumental in arranging and performing for the historic first meeting between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and United Nations Messenger of Peace Muhammad Ali. Fitzpatrick was invited to perform for Sir George Martin, legendary producer of The Beatles, on his recent visit to the United States. A renowned cellist and electric-cellist, he has been featured on television on PBS’ The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and on NPR/National Public Radio. He has performed in diverse venues including Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Town Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, and the House of Blues in Hollywood and has concertized around the world, including performing in the former Soviet Union, Romania, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Jordan, India, and across the entire United States and Canada.
At the forefront of using music as a vehicle for world peace, Fitzpatrick performed for His Majesty King Abdullah II at the Royal Palace in Jordan, at the Site of Christ’s Baptism at Bethany-beyond the Jordan, at the Dead Sea as part of the Global Summit on Peace sponsored by American Express. He performed at the closing ceremony of the United Nations Millennium Peace Summit of Religious & Spiritual Leaders; for the the Parliament of the World’s Religions opening and closing ceremonies in Barcelona; and for the recent Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Summit sponsored by the Shirin Ebadi Foundation.
Fitzpatrick was invited to perform for the historic Gethsemani Encounter led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama involving the world’s religious leaders held at the Abbey of Gethsemani, home of the late Thomas Merton. His nine performances during the six-day summit were deemed the high point of the Encounter and led to the invitation to produce COMPASSION, the first musical collaboration in human history between the ancient traditions of Tibetan multiphonic chant and Trappist gregorian chant. He served as Producer, Music Director and soloist for the unprecedented East-West recording made at sacred sites including Mammoth Cave, the largest cave in the world. COMPASSION was recommended for a Special Merit Award at the Grammy Awards prompting EMI Jazz & Classics CEO & President Bruce Lundvall to state: “ COMPASSION is at once both a prayer and an aural celebration of brotherhood and world peace. It has the power to bring feelings of hope and human compassion to all who listen.”
He served as Music Advisor to the late Academy Award winning filmmaker Robert Snyder on
his final masterpiece, CASALS: A Cry for Peace. His music is featured on the soundtracks to EARTHLINGS narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and the recent film ONE. He served as Producer for Maestro Steven Mercurio’s LOST LOVED ONES recording performed by The New York Philharmonic, and Produced/Directed the music-videos for Mercurio’s recent CD-release featuring Andrea Bocelli entitled MANY VOICES on Sony/BMG Masterworks. His thoughts on music and life are featured in the recent book TEN ETERNAL QUESTIONS alongside thoughts by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres and Bono.
He is the Founder & Executive Director of Millenia Music, which pioneered The COMPASSION Project and which provides music designed to uplift and heal the body and soul to listeners of all denominations worldwide. He comes from a family of musicians and artists from Ireland, Catalonia, France, the Ukraine and Poland whose relatives include the late Bronislaw Huberman, founder of The Israel Philharmonic.