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Timothy Schwarz Biography

Concertizing regularly in recitals and concertos throughout the United States and Europe, violinist Timothy Schwarz has been praised for his “energetic performances” (Rome News) and “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times). Schwarz has recorded solo and chamber music CD’s for Naxos, EMI, Marquis Classics, and Centaur Records. The American Record Guide praised his 2006 solo CD as “good enough to be the only recording in your collection”, and his 2013 CD was on the Top 10 Classical Albums in 2013 by the Philadelphia City Paper. Other awards include Best Artist in Maryland from the National Endowment from the Arts, and Gold Medal in the Artistic Ambassador Competition in Washington, DC.

An avid educator, Schwarz is director and founder of Techne Music, which includes a summer chamber music camp and concert series. Dr. Schwarz is currently Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, and served as head of the string department at Lehigh University from 2007-2013.

Between 1996 and 2001, Schwarz served three tours as Artistic Ambassador in South America, Asia, and Africa, performing over 100 recitals in 15 countries. He made his solo debut with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra at age nine, where he now appears as a substitute section member. As part of winning the Starling Violin Competition, he studied with Dorothy DeLay at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He later received a MM from the Peabody Conservatory and a DMA from Temple University. His violin is a J. B. Vuillaume made in 1830, which he purchased in 2014. For more information and a complete list of concerts, visit

Full Biography

Noted as “Intense” (American Record Guide), “Energetic” (Rome News Tribune) and “The principal purveyor of romance” (Richmond Times), violinist Timothy Schwarz is known throughout the world for his innovative and educational programming. As a collaborative artist, he has performed recitals and chamber music throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. His recording career spans 15 years, with solo and chamber music albums distributed by EMI, Marquis Classics, and Centaur Records. His 2013 Naxos CD featuring works by Jennifer Higdon was named “Top 10 Classical Albums in 2013” by the Philadelphia City Paper. The American Record Guide praised his 2006 recording of the Bartok Sonata No. 2 as “good enough to be the only recording in your collection if you just want one”. His extensive concerto repertoire favors compositions with intricate and complex orchestra parts from a wide range of styles and periods.

His 2013-14 season includes Anglo American Duo recitals with British pianist Jane Beament at the London College of Music and Ealing Festival in London, Ludus Tonalis, 40 Fingers, and Grumo Festival festivals in Italy, and the University of Delaware in the United States. Concerto appearances include the Bruch Concerto for Viola and Clarinet with the Newark Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere of the David Osbon Violin concerto with the Wilmington Community Orchestra.

Schwarz is currently Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, where he coaches chamber music and is orchestra director. In 2012 he founded the highly competitive string program Techne Music, which is based in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. He has also served as Orchestra Director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra since 2007, and was head of the string department at Lehigh University from 2007-2013.

An avid chamber musician, Schwarz is a co-founder of the Anglo-American Duo with British pianist Jane Beament. The Duo performs regularly in Europe and the United States. Other current chamber groups include the clarinet trio Tripod and Trio Aoide. From 2005 – 2013 he was a member of the Serafin String Quartet.

In 1995 Schwarz (as part of the Upper Valley Duo with pianist Daniel Weiser) won the gold medal at the Artistic Ambassador Competition in Washington, DC. The resulting nine week solo tour of the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Northern Africa was a turning point for Schwarz. His All-American programs featured works from a wide range of American lifestyles, including works by African American, Native American, women, and homosexual composers. His magnetic personality and dynamic performances made him a huge success at every venue. The United States Information Agency requested a second tour in 1998 and an unprecedented third tour in 2001. During this period Schwarz had several compositions commissioned which featured Arab and American melodies within one work. His strong desire for communication between America and the Middle East led to several chamber music concerts with Egyptian and Syrian musicians, and a special concert at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington DC.

Other thematic programs have become a staple of Schwarz’s performance style, which often include short lectures or discussion about the concert’s topic. All of these express Schwarz’s desire to have the performers and audience expand their knowledge and understanding of themselves and people throughout history. His performances have taken him to many notable venues, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Saint John, Smith’s Square in London, The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, and The Cairo Opera House. Other solo recitals and concertos include venues in Boston, Baltimore, Nashville, New Orleans, Atlanta, Richmond, Las Vegas, Portland, Porto Alegre (Brazil), and numerous tours of the Midwest and New England.

Schwarz made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of nine, one of the youngest violinists to have ever soloed with this legendary institution. Since then he has appeared regularly as a violin soloist in North and South America, with a strong emphasis on baroque and 20th Century composers. In 1994 the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Schwarz “Best Concert in Maryland” for his performance of Violin Concerto No. 2 by Béla Bartók. Most recently he has appeared as soloist with the Rome Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony, the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Delaware Symphony.

As a winner of the Starling competition, Dr. Schwarz received a Bachelor of Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. He went on to receive a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Temple University, where he studied with Helen Kwalwasser.

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