"You have a very simple choice: to create or not to create." Henri Temianka
In February 2013, with a generous gift of $2.25m from Daniel Temianka and Zeinab Dabbah, Chapman University endowed the Henri Temianka Professorship in Music and Scholarship in String Studies, in memory of the gifted and indefatigable artist and ambassador of classical music.
“The legacy of Henri Temianka has impacted Chapman and the Hall-Musco Conservatory in so many ways,” says Giulio Ongaro, Dean of the College of Performing Arts. “The Temianka Endowed Professorship has allowed us to bring to campus a musician of the caliber of William Fitzpatrick to share his knowledge and experience with our students; the Temianka Endowed Scholarship Fund allows us to attract talented students to campus by making their education more affordable; the Temianka-Saparoff violin, which we entrust every year to one of our Temianka Scholars, helps him or her to learn and grow artistically on a professional-caliber instrument; and the Temianka Archives, with their priceless collection of documents and memorabilia that help us reconstruct musical life at the time of Henri Temianka. We are fortunate to have the support of the Temianka family.”
The Temianka Endowed Professorship was established to enhance the acclaimed string studies program for violin majors at the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, and string faculty member Professor William Fitzpatrick was announced in 2013 as the inaugural holder of this important post. William Fitzpatrick continues to hold the Henri Temianka Professorship in Music and strives to bring his knowledge, expertise and distinguished stature as a leading international violinist to the students of Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music.
Recently, he has given Master Classes in violin at the San Francisco Conservatory, Saddleback College for Myriam Cottin-Rack (President of ASTA-Stockton) in Stockton, CA for Ann Kerobyan, in San Jose and for the Junior Chamber Music in Irvine, CA. Professor Fitzpatrick's pedagogy is being constantly recognized now, nationally and internationally. He has been invited to produce over 29 videos for Virtual Sheet Music since November 2013, which has been viewed by over 70,000 people. He has given violin recitals at Emory, Oxford College, the Parnassus Society in Irvine, CA and the Syntonique Soiree in San Francisco. Professor Fitzpatrick has been enlisted as a Board member of the Parnassus Society in Irvine, CA and Renaissance Arts Academy in Los Angeles, CA.
A bronze portrait bust of Henri Temianka was dedicated at Chapman in 2013, and was previously found adjacent to Bertea Hall. Upon completion of the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts in spring 2016, Temianka’s bust was placed in the Bette and Wylie Aitken Arts Plaza adjacent to the Center, between the busts of Mozart and Puccini.
About Henri Temianka
Henri Temianka (1906-1992) was a significant figure in the classical music world during the 20th century. One of the era's foremost concert violinists - who performed more than 4,000 concerts during his long career, and whose virtuoso talents made him a global favorite and an icon of the Southern California music scene - Temianka was also a prominent conductor, educator and author, and founder of the renowned Paganini Quartet and California Chamber Symphony.