Neal Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor Of Music from Hartt School of Music, and a Master Of Music from Yale University School of Music.
He studied extensively with jazz great Sal Salvador, world-renowned classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, and master and innovator of the guitar, Benjamin Verdery. While at Yale, Neal also spent one year as Mr. Verdery’s teaching assistant.
Neal did master classes with Raphaella Smits, Elliot Fisk, David Leisner, and Carlos Molina.
His awards include the annual Applied Music Department Guitar Award for Excellence from Hartt School of Music — a highly competitive award given at the end of each school year. He was also the recipient of the Benjamin Jepson Award at Yale — an award given to a Connecticut native who has excelled in the music program.
Mr. Fitzpatrick is an active soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at diverse venues such as the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society, Yale Center for British Art, Sprague Hall, Aspen Music Festival, Neighborhood Music School, Yale Guitar Extravaganza, New York City Guitar Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City and with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at Woolsey Hall. Neal is widely active in Public Library Concert programs throughout the tri-state area. He was also a member of the New Haven-based Audubon Ensemble contemporary classical music group where he premiered a work for solo Classical Guitar by composer Beth May.
In addition to his roster of private students, Neal has taught at: Trinity College Dept. of Music, Yale School of Music, Hartt School, The Neighborhood Music School, The Community Music School in Essex, CT, The Hopkins School, and The Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven.