Fitz Gary, viola
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 concert series designed to promote classical music and hunger relief, which has raised over 160,000 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.
Fitz is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, and has performed across the United States, Europe, and in Asia in such venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and Japan’s Suntory Hall. Fitz’s passion for chamber music led to studies with members of the Artemis, Cleveland, Juilliard, Jupiter, Keller, Miró, and Takács Quartets.
Selected as a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar, Fitz studied with Barbara Westphal at the Lübeck Musikhochschule in Germany. The school subsequently awarded him the prestigious 2014-2015 DAAD prize for an outstanding international student, as well as his second masters degree. While in Germany, Fitz completed the Akademie with the Grammy-Award-winning NDR Sinfonieorchester (Elbphilharmonie) in Hamburg.
Fitz is president of the Feldman Chamber Music Society in Norfolk, Virginia, and serves as a Clinician Ambassador for D’Addario Orchestral. He also frequently performs with the Virginia and Richmond Symphonies, Charleston Symphony, as well as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.