Born in Seattle into a musical family, cellist Julian Schwarz is already being recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century.
Mr. Schwarz made his orchestral debut at the age of 11 playing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony and his father, Gerard Schwarz, on the podium. Since then, he has appeared as soloist with many of the Seattle area orchestras and in the winter of 2010 was one of the featured soloists on an extensive US tour with the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, performing 13 concerts on the East and West coasts.
Recent and upcoming performance highlights include concerto appearances with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Columbus (OH), Syracuse, Virginia, Hartford, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Wichita and Modesto symphonies and the NW Sinfonietta among others, as well as recitals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and in Palm Springs.
In August 2012, Julian Schwarz recorded the Samuel Jones Cello Concerto, which was written for him, with the newly formed All Star Orchestra, founded by Gerard Schwarz. The All Star Orchestra, comprised of orchestral musicians from major American orchestras, taped eight programs at that time, all of which will be broadcast on public television in the fall of 2013 and then issued on DVD’s by Naxos. Mr. Schwarz’s previous recordings for Naxos include In Memoriam for the Music of Remembrance series and the Saint-Saens No. 1 and Haydn C Major cello concertos with the Seattle Symphony.
Julian Schwarz has performed as a chamber musician at the Aspen, Interlochen, Eastern, California Summer and Encore music festivals. He has been the “Featured Young Artist” at both the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Cape Cod Music Festival and attended and performed at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He performed the Brahms Double at the Eastern Music Festival and the Bellingham Festival of Music in summer 2011 and returns to the Eastern Music in summer 2013 to play the premiere of a new concerto by Richard Danielpour, A Prayer For Our Time.
Mr. Schwarz was awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong in August 2013. And in both 2007 and 2008 he won the highly regarded Northwest Sinfonietta Youth Concerto Competition. The resulting performances as soloist with Music Director Christophe Chagnard led to his appointment as assistant conductor under Chagnard with Seattle’s Lake Union Civic Orchestra.
Julian Schwarz started piano lessons at the age of five and began his cello studies the following year with the late David Tonkonogui; subsequent teachers include Toby Saks, Lynn Harrell, Neal Cary and Ronald Leonard. He currently attends The Juilliard School in New York City where he studies with Joel Krosnick.