Gerard Schwarz

Gerard Schwarz

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Gerard Ralph Schwarz
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The award-winning American conductor and trumpeter Gerard Schwarz was born on August 19, 1947 in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Schwarz serves as Music Director of the Emmy-winning All-Star Orchestra series, which airs on public television. Schwarz is also Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival, and is the Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony. He played in the orchestras of Bernstein, Boulez, Stokowski and Leinsdorf, and was hailed as “the new Bernstein” when he gave up his solo career at age 30 to turn his talents to conducting. Schwarz raised the Seattle Symphony from obscurity to top-tier status, mostly on the basis of a comprehensive series of groundbreaking recordings. His discography of 350 titles features critically acclaimed performances of both established and new repertoire. The maestro is a renowned interpreter of nineteenth-century repertoire, in addition to his significant work with American composers.

Schwarz began his musical career as a trumpeter. His early solo recordings are collectors' items, and constitute an enduring high point of virtuoso trumpet playing for discerning fans, students and aficionados. His most influential teacher was the first trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, William Vacchiano, with whom he studied from 1962 to 1968. While still a student at Juilliard, Schwarz auditioned for Leopold Stokowski and played with the American Symphony Orchestra onstage at Carnegie Hall.

When Schwarz auditioned for the American Brass Quintet they initially turned him down, fearing he would be drafted though he had a military exemption. They accepted him a year later in 1965, when another player left the ensemble. He toured Europe and Asia with them while still a student, and remained with them until 1973.

In addition to his American Brass Ensemble performances, Schwarz kept up a busy schedule of conducting gigs and solo appearances during the late sixties. He led the Soho Ensemble and performed at the French American Festival at Lincoln Center. He also conducted the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and the Eliot Feld Ballet Company. Additionally, he became a member of the Aspen Festival and Casals Festival orchestras.

In 1973 Schwarz joined the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and became co-principal trumpet. He also worked as a freelancer, conductor and teacher during this time. In 1974 he performed Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with the orchestra, and received critical praise from Harold C. Schonberg of the New York Times. In 1975 had his orchestral conducting debut at Avery Fisher Hall with the Cosmopolitan Symphony. He also founded the Waterloo Village Music Festival in Jersey the same year. In 1977 Schwarz left the New York Philharmonic, then co-founded the New York Chamber Symphony and served as their music director until 2002. He also succeeded Sir Neville Marriner as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a position he held until 1985. Schwarz joined Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival in 1982 and served as their music director until 2001. He is credited with upgrading the orchestra and expanding the festival program to include Mozart's concert operas, rarely heard arrangements of Mozart's works by 20th-century composers, and even some 20th-century examples of Neo-Classicism. He is now Conductor Emeritus of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

In 1983 Schwarz joined the Seattle Symphony Orchestra as music advisor, and was invited to become their principal conductor in 1984. In 1985 he also accepted the role of music director, which he held until 2011. Under Schwarz' leadership the Seattle Symphony produced more than 100 recordings and a number of television shows. They won two Emmys for the Seattle Symphony From Benaroya Hall series, and garnered thirteen Grammy nominations.

Schwarz has led orchestras throughout the world, including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Berlin Radio Symphony, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Singapore Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. In the United States he has led the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. From 2001 to 2006, Schwarz served as music director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Schwarz is also known for his opera performances, and has appeared with the Juilliard Opera, the Kirov Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the San Francisco Opera, the Seattle Opera, and the Washington National Opera.

Since leaving the Seattle Symphony, Schwarz has served as music director and principal conductor of the Emmy-winning All-Star Orchestra, which features a handpicked ensemble of star players who come together annually for an eight-episode American Public Television series. The performances are also made available by Naxos on DVD.

His forthcoming memoir, Schwarz on Schwarz: An American Icon Talks Music, is scheduled for release in 2016.
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MXX 9099 Alan Hovhaness - The North Jersey Wind Symphony*, Keith Brion, Gerard Schwarz Alan Hovhaness - The North Jersey Wind Symphony*, Keith Brion, Gerard Schwarz - Wind Music Of Alan Hovhaness(LP) Mace Records MXX 9099 US 1971 Sell This Version
Cazzati*, Fontana*, Marini*, Telemann* / Gerard Schwarz Cazzati*, Fontana*, Marini*, Telemann* / Gerard Schwarz - A Baroque Trumpet Recital (Album) Nonesuch Canada 1972 Sell This Version
H-71275 Peter Maxwell Davies / Lucia Dlugoszewski / William Hellerman* - Gerard Schwarz, Ursula Oppens Peter Maxwell Davies / Lucia Dlugoszewski / William Hellerman* - Gerard Schwarz, Ursula Oppens - The New Trumpet(LP) Nonesuch H-71275 US 1972 Sell This Version
Gerard Schwarz - Henry Brant / Elliott Carter / Richard Moryl / Charles Whittenberg / Stefan Wolpe Gerard Schwarz - Henry Brant / Elliott Carter / Richard Moryl / Charles Whittenberg / Stefan Wolpe - Gerard Schwarz Plays New Music For Trumpet Desto, Desto US 1973 Sell This Version
The New York Trumpet Ensemble*, Gerard Schwarz The New York Trumpet Ensemble*, Gerard Schwarz - A Festival Of Trumpets (Album) Nonesuch Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Gerard Schwarz, William Bolcom Gerard Schwarz, William Bolcom - Cornet Favorites (Comp) Nonesuch US 1974 Sell This Version
DC 6438 Telemann* · Hertel* · Albinoni* - Gerard Schwarz, Ronald Roseman Telemann* · Hertel* · Albinoni* - Gerard Schwarz, Ronald Roseman - Baroque Chamber Music Of Telemann, Hertel, Albinoni(LP) Desto, CMS Records DC 6438 US 1975 Sell This Version
Gerard Schwarz, Ronald Barron, Kenneth Cooper With Allan Dean, Mark Gould, Norman Bolter, Douglas Edelman Gerard Schwarz, Ronald Barron, Kenneth Cooper With Allan Dean, Mark Gould, Norman Bolter, Douglas Edelman - Cousins: Polkas, Waltzes & Other Entertainments For Cornet & Trombone (Album) Nonesuch US 1977 Sell This Version
Alessandro Scarlatti / Georg Friedrich Händel - Judith Blegen, Gerard Schwarz Alessandro Scarlatti / Georg Friedrich Händel - Judith Blegen, Gerard Schwarz - Cantata-Su Le Sponde Del Tebro; Aires & Arias CBS Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
QTV-S 34646, TV-S 34646, QTV 34646 Haydn* - Martin Smith (22) / Ronald Roseman / Gerard Schwarz, The Philharmonia Virtuosi Of New York*, Richard Kapp Haydn* - Martin Smith (22) / Ronald Roseman / Gerard Schwarz, The Philharmonia Virtuosi Of New York*, Richard Kapp - Horn Concerto No. 1 In D Major / Oboe Concerto In C Major / Trumpet Concerto In E Flat Major(LP, Quad) Turnabout, Turnabout, Turnabout QTV-S 34646, TV-S 34646, QTV 34646 US 1977 Sell This Version
Haydn* / Hummel* - Gerard Schwarz, Y Chamber Symphony Of New York* Haydn* / Hummel* - Gerard Schwarz, Y Chamber Symphony Of New York* - The Classic Trumpet Concerti Of Haydn / Hummel (Album) Delos US 1979 Sell This Version
Altenburg* / Biber* / Vivaldi* / Torelli* / Telemann* - Gerard Schwarz, The New York Trumpet Ensemble*, Y Chamber Symphony Of New York* Altenburg* / Biber* / Vivaldi* / Torelli* / Telemann* - Gerard Schwarz, The New York Trumpet Ensemble*, Y Chamber Symphony Of New York* - The Sound Of Trumpets Delos, Delos US 1979 Sell This Version
Vivaldi* - Elmar Oliveira, Gerard Schwarz, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra* Vivaldi* - Elmar Oliveira, Gerard Schwarz, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra* - The Four Seasons (Album) Delos US 1980 Sell This Version
Samuel Barber / Irving Fine / Elliott Carter / David Diamond (2) - The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz Samuel Barber / Irving Fine / Elliott Carter / David Diamond (2) - The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz - American Music For Strings (Album) Nonesuch US 1980 Sell This Version
26 171-9 Bach* / Telemann* / Ransom Wilson / The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz Bach* / Telemann* / Ransom Wilson / The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz - Suite In H-Moll / Suite In A-Moll(LP, Album, Club) His Master's Voice 26 171-9 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
D-79001 Schoenberg*, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz Schoenberg*, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz - Five Pieces For Orchestra, Op. 16/Chamber Symphony, Op. 9(LP, Album, Gat) Nonesuch Digital D-79001 US 1980 Sell This Version
D1- 79002 Samuel Barber · Irving Fine · Elliott Carter · David Diamond (2), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra* / Gerard Schwarz Samuel Barber · Irving Fine · Elliott Carter · David Diamond (2), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra* / Gerard Schwarz - American Music For Strings(Cass, Album) Nonesuch D1- 79002 US 1980 Sell This Version
DSB-3901 Johann Sebastian Bach, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz Johann Sebastian Bach, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz - The Six Brandenburg Concertos(2xLP) Angel Records DSB-3901 US 1980 Sell This Version
Bizet*, Shchedrin*, Gerard Schwarz, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Bizet*, Shchedrin*, Gerard Schwarz, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra - The Carmen Ballet His Master's Voice US 1981 Sell This Version
D-79015 C.P.E. Bach* - Malcolm Hamilton , The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Gerard Schwarz C.P.E. Bach* - Malcolm Hamilton , The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra / Gerard Schwarz - Concertos For Harpsichord & Strings In A Major, Wq. 8 / In D Major, Wq. 18(LP) Nonesuch D-79015 US 1981 Sell This Version
D-79018 Richard Strauss, Arthur Honegger, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz Richard Strauss, Arthur Honegger, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz - Duet-Concertino / Concerto Da Camera(LP) Nonesuch Digital D-79018 US 1981 Sell This Version
DMS 3008 Sergei Prokofiev / Dmitri Shostakovich - Gerard Schwarz / Carol Rosenberger / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra* Sergei Prokofiev / Dmitri Shostakovich - Gerard Schwarz / Carol Rosenberger / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra* - Piano Concerto No. 1 / Classical Symphony(LP) Delos DMS 3008 US 1981 Sell This Version
Beethoven* , Schwarz* , Y Chamber Symphony Of New York* Beethoven* , Schwarz* , Y Chamber Symphony Of New York* - Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale) (Album) Delos Japan 1982 Sell This Version
Antonín Dvořák, Gerard Schwarz, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Douglas Davis Antonín Dvořák, Gerard Schwarz, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Douglas Davis - Serenade Op. 22/ Waldesruhe (Silent Woods) For Cello & Orchestra ) Op. 68/ Notturno Op. 40 (Album) Delos US 1982 Sell This Version
Mozart* - Gerard Schwarz And Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra* Mozart* - Gerard Schwarz And Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra* - Mozart Symphonies 40,K.550 / 41,K.551 "Jupiter (Album) Delos US 1982 Sell This Version

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