Bridget Fitzgerald is a freelance soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher based in New York City.
Program: works of Shostakovich, Bach and Schubert; with pianist Tania Tachkova.
Bridget Fitzgerald, viola, is a freelance soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher based in Brooklyn. She regularly performs on viola and synthesizers with her bands, Discovery and Stereo Off. Playing anything from classical to rock to experimental she has appeared with groups including Ensemble Sospeso, Absolute Ensemble, Studio for New Music, ACME, New Juilliard Ensemble, SONYC and Nina Nastasia. Bridget collaborated on production of and performed the independent film score for Hansel and Gretel (Palehorse Productions), composed and also performed by her brother, violist Dylan Willemsa; recorded on Matador Records for electronica group Matmos, and was a featured soloist at the Why Note! Festival in Dijon, France for the French/NYC premiere of Joji Yuasa’s Viola Locus. She has participated numerous times in the Lincoln Center Festival, MoMA's Summergarden Series and Juilliard's FOCUS! Festival. At 92nd Street Y Bridget appears on pianist Orli Shaham's interactive concert series for children, Baby Got Bach. She has been teaching viola and violin at 92Y School of Music since 2007.
Bridget recently released two EPs: Look At You! with Discovery, and NY EP 5 Songs with Stereo Off.
For more information on Bridget's projects and performances please visit bridgetink.com.
Pianist Tania Tachkova has been praised by critics for performances that are “white-hot” and “very impressive.” She has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States and in Europe at venues such as the Wiener Saal at Mozarteum (Austria), Centro de Bellas Artes and Museo del Arte (Puerto Rico), Harris Hall (Aspen), Sarasota Opera House (Sarasota), the National Palace of Culture and the Great Bulgaria Hall (Bulgaria). She has been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra of the State Academy of Music (Sofia), Shoumen Philharmonic, Razgrad Philharmonic and the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television, including WQXR, WITF and Bulgarian National Television. Her CD Song to My Love with bassoonist Maria Wildhaber was released on MSR records and was critically acclaimed as “fantastic release” and “highly recommended.” Their second CD will be released in the summer of 2014 and will include rarely recorded works for bassoon and piano by eastern european composers. Ms. Tachkova earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from Stony Brook University.
Currently, she is on the piano faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music.