Julian Schwarz

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Julian Schwarz
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Background information
Born (1991-01-18) January 18, 1991 (age 28)
Seattle, Washington
OriginSeattle, Washington
Occupation(s)Concert cellist and pedagogue
Years active2002–present

Julian Schwarz (born January 18, 1991) is an American cellist of Austrian descent who graduated from Juilliard School.[1] Schwarz is currently on the cello faculty of Eastern Music Festival[2] and as of August 2017, the assistant professor of cello at Shenendoah Conservatory.[3] He won the 2013 inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong[4] and the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s "The Art of Duo" with pianist Marika Bournaki.[5]


Schwarz was born in Seattle, Washington to a musical family, most notably his father, the conductor Gerard Schwarz, and grandfather, former principal viola of the New York Philharmonic, Sol Greitzer.[6] He is one of ten family members to attend Juilliard.[7]

Schwarz began piano lessons at the age of 5 and cello lessons at 6 with the late David Tonkonogui.[8] At 11 years old, he made his orchestral debut with the Seattle Symphony playing Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto No. 1 with his father, Gerard Schwarz, conducting.

At 18 years old, Schwarz was featured on the cover of the March/April/May 2009 issue of Teen Strings Magazine.[9]

After graduating from Lakeside High School and the Academy of Music Northwest in Seattle, Schwarz attended the Juilliard School earning his Bachelor of Music degree in May 2014. He went on to earn his Master of Music degree from Juilliard in May 2016. His teacher was Joel Krosnick. Schwarz's past teachers include Toby Saks, Lynn Harrell, Neal Cary, and Ronald Leonard.


Schwarz is active in the music community as a solo cellist, conductor, chamber musician, and pedagogue. He is also an active contributor to the Strings Magazine Artist Blog.[10]


Schwarz is a cello guest artist with many symphonies across America including Des Moines Symphony,[11] Seattle Symphony,[12] West Virginia Symphony,[13] San Antonio Symphony,[14] and San Diego Symphony,[15] as well as across the world including Queensland, Australia with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra,[16] Hong Kong at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival,[17] and Boca del Rio, Mexico with the Boca del Rio Orchestra.[18] Schwarz has gone on extensive tours including a 15-concert, United States tour with the Moscow State Radio Symphony[19] and a 10-city China tour in March 2017 with pianist, Marika Bournaki.[20] Schwarz and Bournaki are also regular performers at Brooklyn's Bargemusic.[21]

Schwarz performs in festivals across North America and Europe including the Seattle Chamber Music Festival,[22] the Cape Cod Music Festival,[23] and the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.[24]

Schwarz is a faculty member of several festivals and music schools including the cello faculty at Eastern Music Festival,[25] teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, and assistant professor of cello at Shenendoah Conservatory. He has been the artist-in-residence at the pianoSonoma Festival since 2012 and the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Nova Scotia, Canada since 2015.[26]

Schwarz was featured in a PBS special with the All-Star Orchestra performing Samuel Jones's cello concerto, which was written specifically for him. The initial broadcast of the program was in October 2013 and it was also later released as a DVD on Naxos.[27] Schwarz has also premiered works by many other composers including Richard Danielpour, Dobrinka Tabakova, and Marlos Nobre.

Schwarz has appeared on radio features across America including NPR's From the Top,[28] WXXI in Rochester, New York,[29] and Classical King FM 98.1 in Seattle, Washington.[30]

Schwarz currently plays a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.


Schwarz began conducting in a professional capacity in 2007 as the assistant conductor of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra under Christophe Chagnard until 2009.[31] He studied conducting privately with maestro Jorge Mester from 2014 to 2016.

Chamber Ensemble[edit]

Schwarz is currently a member of the Frisson Ensemble,[32] the Mile-End Trio,[33] and the New York Classical Players[34] and has performed on chamber series including the pianoSonoma Festival, Hammond Performing Arts Series, and Frankly Music Chamber Series.


Year Event Rank
2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s "The Art of Duo" with Marika Bournaki 1st
2013 Inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong (Professional Cello Division) 1st
2010 Banff International String Quartet Competition (Peresson Quartet) Semifinalist
2004 David Tonkonogui Memorial Award[35]


Year Album Label
2015 Bloch "Jewish Life" Suite and Meditation Hebraique with Marika Bournaki[36] Milken Archive of American Jewish Music
2015 Bruch Kol Nidre with organ with Joseph Adam[37] Milken Archive of American Jewish Music
2014 All-Star Orchestra Program 6 - Samuel Jones Cello Concerto[38] Naxos Records
2012 Live Verdi and Mendelssohn Quartets with Peresson Quartet at Montreal International String Quartet Academy Montreal International String Quartet Academy
2011 EMF 50th Anniversary Collection Vol. 2 - Brahms Double Concerto with Caroline Goulding LIVE Eastern Music Festival
2011 Saint-Säens and Haydn Cello Concerti with Seattle Symphony[39] Naxos Records
2008 Gerard Schwarz: In Memoriam[40] Naxos Records


  1. ^ "VC WEB BLOG Julian Schwarz – "Schoenfeld Comp: Such an Important Part of My Career" [BLOG]". Violin Channel. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  2. ^ "Julian Schwarz". Eastern Music Festival. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Julian Schwarz Appointed Assistant Professor Of Cello". Shenandoah University. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Ames, Karen. "Cellist Julian Schwarz Takes First Prize in the Inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong". Musical America. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  5. ^ "Schwarz-Bournaki Duo wins Boulder International Chamber Music Competition". The Strad. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Noble Jr., Clifton. "Guest cellist Julian Schwarz to play with Springfield Symphony Orchestra". Mass Live. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "Musical talent runs in the family – Gerard and Julian Schwarz". Get Classical. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  8. ^ "Julian Schwarz". 8VA Music Consultancy. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "Eastern Music Festival Welcomes Violinist Caroline Goulding and Cellist Julian Schwarz on July 30, 2011". CVNC. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Schwarz, Julian. "Artist Blog—Julian Schwarz: I Play the Cello. Should my Teacher?". Strings Magazine. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Morain, Michael. "Conductor dad, cellist son make impressive Symphony debut". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Bargreen, Melinda. "Seattle Symphony concert lives up to 'spectacular' title". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  13. ^ Williams, David. "Cellist Schwarz makes a brilliant debut with West Virginia Symphony". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  14. ^ Hendricks, David. "Renowned conductor leads San Antonio Symphony". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  15. ^ "1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular!". Performing Arts Live. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  16. ^ "Backstage Pass Interview With Julian Schwarz, Cellist". Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  17. ^ Smith, Ken. "The Intimacy of Creativity, Hong Kong City Hall Theatre — review". Financial Times. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  18. ^ "Obras de Suppé, Shostakovich y Tchaikovsky ofrece la Filarmónica de Boca del Río". AVC Noticias. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  19. ^ Reich, Ronni. "Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra". NJ.com. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  20. ^ "Schwarz-Bournaki Duo Snags First Prize in Top Chamber Music Competition". My Scena. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  21. ^ Grella, George. "Worlds collide and a quiet gem stands out at Here and Now Festival". New York Classical Review. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  22. ^ "Seattle Chamber Music Society's "Emerging Artist Concert" at the Frye Museum". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  23. ^ "Schedule: The sounds of Cape Cod summer". The Cape Code Times. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  24. ^ "Cellist Julian Schwarz: 'The Art of Playing in a Duo' [BLOG]". The Violin Channel. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  25. ^ Rich, Nicholas. "Music review: Eastern Festival Orchestra triumphs in EMF concert". The News and Record. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  26. ^ "Shenandoah University's conservatory to gain internationally known cellist". The WInchester Star. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  27. ^ "The Living Art Form". PBS. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  28. ^ "San Francisco, CA / 161". From the Top. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  29. ^ "Backstage Pass with Julian Schwarz". WWXI. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  30. ^ "NW Focus Live, February 5, 2016: Julian Schwarz & Marika Bournaki". Soundcloud: Classical KING FM. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  31. ^ "Julian Schwarz: Carrying on a Distinguished Musical Legacy". KUOW. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  32. ^ "Biography". Frisson Ensemble. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  33. ^ "Performers". Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  34. ^ "Brahms Encounters 2: Romantic Spirit". New York Concert Players. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  35. ^ "David Tonkonogui Memorial Award". Music of Remembrance. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  36. ^ Levin, Neil W. "Volume 10: Intimate Voices - From Jewish Life". Milken Archive of Jewish Music. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  37. ^ "Volume 04: Digital Album 12 - Music for the High Holy Days". Milken Archive of Jewish Music. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  38. ^ "ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 5: Relationships in Music / Program 6: The Living Art Form (G. Schwarz) (NTSC)". Naxos. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  39. ^ "SAINT-SAENS, C.: Cello Concerto No. 1 / Allegro appassionato / HAYDN, J.: Cello Concerto No. 1 (J. Schwarz, Seattle Symphony, G. Schwarz)". Naxos. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  40. ^ "HEGGIE: For a Look or a Touch / SCHWARZ: In Memoriam / LAITMAN: The Seed of Dream (Music of Remembrance)". Naxos. Retrieved February 28, 2017.

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