MICHAEL FITZPATRICK is a classically-trained virtuoso 4-String Acoustic Cellist and 5-String Electric Cellist raised on Rock & Roll. He is the recipient of The Prince Charles Award for Musical Excellence conferred by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Hailed as “An interpreter of the Muse” by NPR / National Public Radio, he is at the forefront of using music as a vehicle for global transformation. Fitzpatrick has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureate His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama for the past twenty-three years, providing the Musical Keynotes for His Holiness’ Public Talks and Teachings around the world, including the historic United States Capitol West Lawn global-broadcast. The Dalai Lama stated: “The emotion induced by Michael Fitzpatrick’s music is so powerful, it seems almost verbalized.” Most recently, he performed the Musical Keynote for the Holy Father, Pope Francis’ Blessing Ceremony at The Vatican.
“Possessed of a chill-axed surfer dude vibe, what Fitzpatrick does with a cello cannot be adequately described as mere music; I can best describe the sounds he pours out of that four-stringed instrument as simple beauty that fills one’s soul with nothing less than pure joy and peace. Plus, he just flat-out rocks!”
Fitzpatrick performs as soloist around the world, including spotlight performances at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Bowl, the National Cathedral, the United Nations, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the House of Blues in Hollywood, the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the People’s Climate March in New York City, at Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan, the Dead Sea, for His Majesty King Abdullah II at The Royal Palace in Jordan, and as soloist with The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Jerusalem.
Fitzpatrick is recipient of the prestigious Aspen Fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival. He subsequently served as a member of The Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on Arts, Culture, and Society during its tenure. Mr. Fitzpatrick is Music Director of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.
One Single Tone
Sounding from every possible Angle,
Forms – the Music of the World.
The musician’s role
Is to Translate that Sound into Love
Sing it from the Heart, and Offer it back to the World,
Humanity, Wo-Man, Musician,