I began the violin at age 2.5 and loved playing and performing music. In fact, I was playing at a high level for my age! However, somewhere in my teenage years, everything turned for the worse. I began shaking, sweating, and doubting myself during concerts, auditions, lessons, and even rehearsals. It was flat out embarrassing. I lived with intense stage fright for a decade until I had a huge wake up call. I entered a small regional competition and performed terribly. In fact, it left me depressed and unmotivated for three weeks. I didn't practice at all. As time passed, I eventually got over the rut and used that horrendous experience as leverage and motivation to overcome performance anxiety once and for all.
I decided to take practical steps and began researching and experimenting with all types of solutions. I collaborated with psychoanalysts, psychologists, neuroscientists, professional touring musicians, and top conservatory faculty to form my solution called Liberated Performer. Since creating Liberated Performer, my career began to take off. I was accepted into Juilliard and Yale, received opportunities to perform on the main stage of Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, EDC Las Vegas, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert all because I was able to perform to my full potential in PUBLIC.
I have coached musicians of all ages and talent levels to improve their auditions, competitions, solo recitals, and ensemble performances. Many have gone on to win prestigious undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and artist diploma spots at top conservatories, international competitions, full scholarships, concertmaster positions, positions in top tier orchestras, perform spectacular solo recitals, and management. I currently coach individuals, at the New York Youth Symphony Audition Bootcamps, and give workshops around the world. In addition to coaching, I try my best to live the Liberated Performer lifestyle by performing as much as I can. I am currently a soloist and member of ETHEL, which is under Baylin Artists Management.
Patrick Galvin is the Liberated Performer® coach for the Bay Area. He is also the San Jose Youth Symphony section coach and former teaching assistant to Wei He (former faculty at The San Francisco Conservatory and now artistic director of The Tianjin Juilliard School). Before he became a performance anxiety coach, Patrick participated in Liberated Performer to overcome his lifelong battle with stage fright. Through an intense year of facing his fears, gaining new experiences, and developing new perspectives of the stage, Patrick was able to begin enjoying performing again and play to his full potential in pressure situations. Inspired by his rediscovered confidence and amazing experiences on stage, he decided to dedicate his life to helping others with this obstacle. Patrick has over a decade of teaching experience and has empowered hundreds of high school and college students to their full potential. He graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory, Prayner Konservatorium in Vienna, Austria, and Johns Hopkins University.