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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 featuring the Pulitzer Prize Winner Jennifer Higdon 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. His 2015-16 season includes planned tours of Europe, Asia, and the United States.

An avid educator, Schwarz is currently Assistant Professor and Head of Strings at Rowan University, and director and founder of Techne Music, which includes a summer chamber music camp and concert series. Before his appointment at Rowan University, Dr. Schwarz was Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, where he was awarded an Honorary Membership in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. Prior appointments have included Head of Strings at Lehigh University, and Artistic Director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra.

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 performance schedule, visit www.TimothySchwarz.com.



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 Naxos CD featuring works by Jennifer Higdon was named “Top 10 Classical Albums in 2013” by the Philadelphia City Paper, and the American Record Guide praised his 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 and recital repertoire spans from the baroque to several commissioned works.

Schwarz’s 2015-2016 season includes European recitals in London, Vienna, and Bratislava, and North American recitals in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Bethlehem (PA), Asheville (NC), and New England. Schwarz will also collaborate with notable artists such as violinists Kurt Nikkanen and Juliette Kang, violist Amadi Hummings, and cellist Tom Kraines. He will be a featured performer and conductor at the 2015 Northern Lights Festival held in Aurora, Minnesota, as well as conductor of the District 9 Orchestra in Pennsylvania.

An avid educator, Schwarz is currently Assistant Professor and Head of Strings at Rowan University, and Artistic director and founder of Techne Music, which includes a summer chamber music camp and concert series. Before his appointment at Rowan University, Dr. Schwarz was Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, where he was awarded an Honorary Membership in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. Prior appointments include Head of Strings at Lehigh University, and Artistic Director of the Wilmington Community Orchestra.

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, Trio Aoide, and the Upper Valley Duo. From 2005 – 2013 he was a member of the Serafin String Quartet. Schwarz has also collaborated with world-renowned musicians such as violinists David Kim, Jonathan Carney and Earl Carless, violists Steven Tenenbom and Paul Coletti, cellist Norman Fischer, and pianists Sandra Rivers and Charles Abramovic.

As part of the Upper Valley Duo (with pianist Daniel Weiser), Schwarz 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, and women 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.

Schwarz’s 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 Europe and North America, with a strong emphasis on American and British 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.

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. His violin is a J. B. Vuillaume made in 1830, which he purchased in 2014. For more information and a performance schedule, visit www.TimothySchwarz.com.



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