Colorado native, Amanda Rae Fitch, found inspiration and companionship in playing violin. During her childhood she was classically trained on piano and sang in various childrens’ choirs. At the age of nine she wanted to learn to play the violin. She was quickly noted by conductors to have a ‘natural ability.’ She has been training and performing in orchestras across the nation ever since and has studied with talents such as Michael Jinsoo Lim, Bradley Watson, and David Paul Messler.
Despite her classical training, Ms. Fitch holds an unconventional ideal: “Sound and tone are everything. Technical prowess is second.” As she listens to masters such as Eugene Ysaye and Itzak Perlman, she notices that while their technique is not perfect, they play with undeniable passion and have the guts to be unique. “That’s what it’s about. It’s not about this unobtainable perfection that violinist often chase, it’s about how you make people feel — how you connect with listeners. “
Ms. Fitch currently collaborates with Cornish alumn, Harold Belskus. The two of them create dynamic a musical conversation that is exciting and virtuoustic. They are inspired by artists such as Rodrigo y Gabriella, Stephane Grappelli, and Herbi Hancock. The two also find inspiration in the trees, clouds and in everyday life. “Music is all around, everywhere, all the time. You just have to tune in….”
Harold Belskus and Ms. Fitch are currently working on a full-length album with their larger project, A Cedar Suede. This group is a ravishing fusion of hypnotic latin rythmns and ephemeral melodies. For more information visit www.acedarsuede.com