Professor Sergiu Schwartz
“Following in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, he is a product of the best of European romantic interpretative style and 20th-Century American technical acuity,”
- New York's Newday
“He stands out as one of the best violinists of his generation.”
- Le Soleil, Canada
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The Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University
The Haute Ecole de Musique et Conservatoire de Lausanne
Sergiu Schwartz’s international concert appearances have taken him to major music centers on four continents, including twenty European countries, Israel, Asia, Canada, and over forty U. S. states, as soloist with orchestras, in recitals and chamber music concerts. “Following in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, he is a product of the best of European romantic interpretative style and 20th-Century American technical acuity,” states New York’s Newsday, while Le Soleil (Canada) notes that “he stands out as one of the best violinists of his generation.” Comparing him to the greatest violinists, Fanfare - The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors, writes: his “warmth of sound and insight into the music raise to the level of expression achieved by Oistrakh” and his “tonal sheen approaches Milstein’s… for those who lament the passing of the great violinists of the middle of the last century, Schwartz’s collection should provide a great sense of optimism that a younger violinist still commands such assured rhetoric and expressive resources. Heifetz, Milstein, Oistrakh, Isaac Stern, Francescatti – they all come to mind.”
Mr. Schwartz has performed in major concert halls, including New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Wigmore Hall, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, Jerusalem Theatre and Rome’s Academia Santa Cecilia. Solo orchestral engagements include the Dresden Staatskapelle, Jerusalem Symphony, London Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, European Community Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Chicago’s Grant Park Festival Orchestra, among numerous other orchestras in the U. S. and worldwide, under conductors including Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sergiu Comissiona, James Judd, JoAnn Falletta, Mehli Mehta, Peter Maag, Bruno Weil, Antoni Wit, and Enrique Batiz.
Recent tours of the Asia have included performances with Qingdao Symphony Orchestra (China), Mokpo Philharmonic and Busan Sinfonieta (Korea).
Sergiu Schwartz is a frequent guest at music festivals in the United States, Israel, Switzerland, Finland, England, France, Holland, Romania, Bulgaria and China, and serves on the artist faculty of the Bowdoin (Maine), Summit (New York), Montecito (California), Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), and Keshet Eilon (Israel), international music festivals. Mr. Schwartz has been featured in broadcasts for radio and TV stations, including NPR, CNN, WXEL-TV’s “Great Performances,” and the BBC. His honors include prizes in international violin competitions in the United States and Europe.
Mr. Schwartz made his recording debut with the London Symphony Orchestra with an “all Scandinavian” compact disc released on Vox Unique . His discography, released to exceptional critical acclaim, includes on Romeo Records - Romantic Treasures, The Heart of the Violin and Poème Mystique - and on Gega, - The Romantic Violin. His American Classics release on Naxos features works by American composer John Alden Carpenter; and his CD on Arcobaleno showcases works for violin and harp by Ludwig Spohr. Sergiu Schwartz also serves as a juror in major international competitions, including Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Michael Hill, Mozart/Salzburg, Oistrakh, Postacchini, Szeryng, Novosibirsk, as well as Canadian National, Sphinx, Stulberg, Blount-Slawson, Washington International, and others.
His students have been top prizewinners in prestigious international violin competitions, including Seoul (Korea), Sendai (Japan), Paganini (Italy and Russia), Sarasate (Spain), Szeryng (Mexico), Oistrakh (Ukraine); Lipizer (Italy), Prix d’Europe and Canadian National (Canada), Sphinx, Blount-Slawson, and MTNA National (US); as well as Carmel, Coleman (CA) and Evian (France) chamber music competitions.
Mr. Schwartz combines his performing career with his position as Professor of violin holding the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Chair in Violin at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, and as Professor at Haute Ecole de Musique et Conservatoire de Lausanne, Switzerland. He regularly conducts master classes and lectures at music schools, colleges, and universities in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Israel.