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Filmmaker Bill Fertik has achieved distinction as a leading writer and director in the field of music television. As the writer and director of three consecutive International Tchaikovsky Competitions in Moscow, he oversaw all aspects of the 90-minute specials. Under Bill Fertik’s leadership, the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition received excellent reviews on both the national and international levels. The show also secured the highest television viewer rating in the history of PBS.
In addition to his work with the International Tchaikovsky Competition, William Fertik served as the writer and director of the 7th International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, a highly acclaimed special sponsored by the Tandy Corporation/Radio Shack and Mobil. William Fertik also joined forces with the Seattle Symphony to direct and produce The 1812 Overture, which has since been translated into five languages and entered global distribution. As the leader of the Seattle Symphony project, Bill Fertik received awards including the Golden Eagle Award, the Jack London Award, and the Christopher Award.
Bill Fertik also wrote and directed a series of intermission and wraparound pieces for Live from the Metropolitan Opera and Live from Lincoln Center. In this capacity, he collaborated with some of the most recognized classical recording artists to produce “Horowitz Live!” and “Sutherland and Pavarotti in Concert.” William Fertik also played a central role in the production of an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater television special for TDK of Japan, which included ballets such as I’ve Been Buked and I Wanna Be Ready.