Alaska-based cellist Ryan Fitzpatrick has an active musical career across the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician. He has been an active member in orchestras across the country, including serving as assistant principal in Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He is currently the principal cellist of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra and performs in the Alaska Piano Trio. His notable teachers have included Emilio Colón, Marc Coppey, Helga Winold, Richard Aaron, and Daniel McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Fitzpatrick has worked with schools and ensembles in Ireland, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, and Alaska. Recent programs Mr. Fitzpatrick has taught in include the University of Alaska Summer Music Academy, the Fairbanks School of Talent Education, and the Alaska Cello Intensive. He currently serves on the board for the Alaska Music Educators Association and presented at its most recent state conference. He is also President-elect of the Alaska chapter of the American String Teachers Association and a certified Suzuki Method instructor.
Mr. Fitzpatrick earned his degrees from Indiana University and the University of Illinois.
Mr. Fitzpatrick currently teaches cello and music education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and performs on two cellos; a 2017 William Whedbee and a Luis and Clark carbon fiber cello.