Born in Seattle into a musical family, Julian Schwarz is recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21stcentury.In August 2013, he was awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong.
Schwarz made his orchestral debut at the age of 11 playing the Saint-Saёns Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Eastern Music Festival Music Director Gerard Schwarz, on the podium.Since then, he hasappeared with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Columbus (OH), Syracuse, Virginia, Hartford, Grand Rapids, Springfield (MA), Greensboro, Memphis, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Wichita and Modesto symphoniesamong others and performed recitals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and in Palm Springs.
Schwarz’ recent performances include concerts with the Charlotte, Des Moines, West Virginia, Toledo, Amarillo and Washington/Idaho symphonies, Louisville Orchestra and Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose; return engagements with the Hartford and Boca Raton symphonies and the Northwest Sinfonietta; and recitals in Palm Springs, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia.Internationally, he made his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony in Brisbane as well as his debut in Hong Kong appearing at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival. In 2010, he was one of the featured soloists on a 13-concert U.S. tour with the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In August 2012, Julian Schwarz recorded the Samuel Jones Cello Concerto, which was written for him, with the newly formed All-Star Orchestra which was 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 were broadcast on public television in the fall of 2013 and then issued on DVD by Naxos. Schwarz’s previous recordings for Naxos include In Memoriam for the Music of Remembrance series and the Saint-Saёns Concerto No. 1 and Haydn C Major cello concertos with the Seattle Symphony. He has also been heard on NPR’s acclaimed radio program From the Top and on a live recording of his Brahms Double concerto with Caroline Goulding and the Eastern Festival Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Julian Schwarz has performed at the Aspen, Bellingham, Interlochen, California Summer, Encore and Eastern Music festivals.He has been the featured young artist at both the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Cape Cod Music Festival and performed at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He performed in Pollack and Weill halls as part of the Montréal International String Quartet Festival and a Carnegie Hall workshop, respectively. In 2013, he premiered a new concerto by Richard Danielpour,A Prayer for Our Time, at the Eastern Music Festival where he has been associate principal cello since 2012.
Schwarz started piano lessons at the age of 5 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 received his bachelor’s of music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City in May 2014 where he studied with Joel Krosnick and is currently pursuing his master’s of music degree, also at Juilliard.He currently performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.