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), “technique beyond reproach” (Buffalo Times) and creative programming.
His 2013-14 season includes recitals in the United Kingdom, Italy, and 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 has recorded solo and chamber music CD’s for Naxos, 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 solo CD as “good enough to be the only recording in your collection if you just
An avid educator, Schwarz is director and founder of
Techne Music, which includes a
summer chamber music camp and concert series. His students have won national competitions
and have been accepted into the nations leading conservatories. Dr. Schwarz is currently
Assistant Professor at Kutztown
University, and served as head of the string department at Lehigh University from
Winner of the Artistic Ambassador Competition, Schwarz has performed throughout South
America, Asia, and Africa. He made his solo debut with the legendary Philadelphia Orchestra
at age nine, where he now appears as a substitute section member. For more information and
a complete list of concerts, visit
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
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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