Photo by Arthur Moeller

Photo by Arthur Moeller

Violist Fitz Gary has already begun transforming the role of the musician in our society. An active performer and social activist, in 2012 he founded Music Feeds Us, a benefit concert series designed to promote classical music and hunger relief, which has raised over 110,000 meals to date for food banks in Virginia. A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Fitz studied with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Jeffrey Irvine.

A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Fitz has performed across the United States, Europe, and in Asia in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Japan’s Suntory Hall. Fitz’s passion for chamber music has led to studies with members of the Artemis, Cleveland, Juilliard, Jupiter, Keller, Miró, and Takács Quartets.

In both 2007 and 2008, Fitz was invited to join the New York String Orchestra Seminar, where he performed at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Jaime Laredo. Fitz spent five summers at the Aspen Music Festival for both the Advanced Quartet Studies program and the Orchestral Fellowship program.

Selected as a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar, Fitz studied with Barbara Westphal at the Musikhochschlule Lübeck in Germany. The school subsequently awarded him the prestigious 2014-2015 DAAD prize for outstanding international students, as well as his second masters degree. Fitz played with the NDR (North German Radio) Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg for their 2014-2015 season as a member of their academy.