Gerard Schwarz

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Biography

Born: Aug 19, 1947; USA  
Gerard Schwarz is one of America's top conductors, particularly noted for championing the first great age of American symphonists. He is also a gifted trumpet virtuoso. He began studying the trumpet at the age of eight. He attended the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, during the summers of 1958-1960 and studied at New York's High School of Performing Arts. He studied trumpet with William Vacchiano, principal trumpeter of the New York Read more Philharmonic Orchestra (1962-1968). He received his Bachelor's Degree from the Juilliard School in 1972.

He joined the American Brass Quintet in 1965, and with it toured the United States, Europe, and Asia, remaining with the ensemble from 1965 to 1973. He was a trumpeter in the American Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1972, becoming its first trumpet in 1969. With that orchestra he played a considerable quantity of new and American music. During this period is was also a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra and the Casals Festival Orchestra. He was appointed co-principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 1972 to 1975. As a trumpet player he made a number of important recordings, many of which are now in the CD catalogues. He was the first wind player to win the Ford Foundation Award for concert artists (1971-1973), which enabled him to commission a trumpet concerto from Gunther Schuller, and commissioned a number of other trumpet works from composers including Dlugoszewski and Brant.

Meanwhile, he pursued a conducting career. In 1968 he began conducting for the Eliot Feld Dance Company, of which he became Music Director. He also was music director of the Waterloo Festival, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1975 he was appointed music director of the 92d Street Y Chamber Symphony, which was later renamed the New York Chamber Symphony, and has maintained that position since. He became music director of New York's Mostly Mozart Festival in 1982. In 1981 he founded the Music Today contemporary music series in New York, serving as its music director through 1989.

In 1983 he was named Music Advisor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. In 1984 he became its Principal Conductor, and in 1985 its Music Director. With the Seattle Symphony he has become known for having one of the most innovative and wide-ranging programming of any major symphony orchestra, with a strong emphasis on music of the great American symphonic composers such as Hanson, Diamond, Creston, Copland, and their contemporaries, a large amount of which he has recorded. He has guided the orchestra to its highest artistic level, and seen it through construction and occupancy of its new venue, Benaroya Hall. He is also artistic adviser of the Tokyo Bunkamura's Orchard Hall, where he conducts the Tokyo Philharmonic in six concerts annually. Read less

Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione; Five Pieces For String Orchestra / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 572763   Number of Discs: 1
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    Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione; Five Pieces For String Orchestra / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 572763 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Ko-ichiro Yamamoto,  Emma McGrath
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Above and Beyond / Schwarz,
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573121 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Creston,  Aaron Copland,  Gerard Schwarz,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  "President's Own" United States Marine Band
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    The Sea In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578269 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Frank Bridge,  Claude Debussy,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  István Kassai,  François-Joël Thiollier
    Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones,  James Judd,  Jun Märkl,  Simon Wright  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra,  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Lyon National Orchestra  ... 
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    All Star Orchestra: Programs 1 & 2 - Stravinsky, Ravel, Beethoven / Gerard Schwarz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110348 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  Bright Sheng,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All Star Orchestra
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    All Star Orchestra: Programs 3 & 4 - Dvorak, Shostakovich / Gerard Schwarz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110349 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Ellen Taaffe Zwilich,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All Star Orchestra
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    All Star Orchestra: Programs 5 & 6 - Schumann, Brahms, Danielpour, Jones / Gerard Schwarz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110350 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Richard Danielpour,  Samuel Jones  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Schwarz,  Yevgeny Kutik
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All Star Orchestra
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    All Star Orchestra: Programs 7 & 8 - Tchaikovsky, Mahler / Gerard Schwarz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110351 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  David Stock,  Gustav Mahler,  Augusta Read Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  All Star Orchestra
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    Classical Wellness: Musical Tonics For Mind, Body And Spirit
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3464 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Wolseley Charles,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Dmitry Khakhamov,  Oleg Sergeev,  Grant Gershon,  John Aler  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Anatoly Lapunov  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Brazilian Guitar Quartet  ... 
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    Vanish
    Label: Yarlung Records   Catalog: 15195 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Mark Applebaum,  Toru Takemitsu,  Avner Dorman  ... 
    Performer:  Joe Beribak,  Vibraphone] Kevin [Percussion Schlossman,  Derek Tywoniuk,  Wai Wah Wan  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
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    Weber: Symphonies, Overtures, Concertos / Blomstedt, Marriner, Tortelier
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94698 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Peter Rösel,  Emma Johnson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert Blomstedt,  Yan Pascal Tortelier,  Gerard Schwarz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Classical Chamomile
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1629 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Alan Hovhaness,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Elmar Oliveira,  Douglas Davis,  Zuill Bailey,  Carol Rosenberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  David Wiley,  Constantine Orbelian,  Aldo Parisot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shanghai Quartet,  Yale Cellos
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    My First Orchestra Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578253 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Larionoff
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop,  Gerard Schwarz,  Nicholas Ward,  Anthony Bramall  ... 
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    40 Tracks for 40 Years - Delos Anniversary Set
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3440 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  James Earl Jones,  Charles Butler,  Marina Domashenko,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Zdenek Macal,  Constantine Orbelian,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Classical Caffeine
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 1628 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Darius Milhaud,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Svetlana Safonova,  Rouben Aharonian,  Gerard Schwarz,  Eugenia Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  James DePreist,  Gerard Schwarz,  Constantine Orbelian,  Anatoly Lapunov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Style of Five,  The Russian Folk Ensemble Balalaika,  Shanghai Quartet  ... 
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    Marga Richter: Poetic Images Beyond Poetry / Gerard Schwarz
    Label: Ravello   Catalog: 7867 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marga Richter
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Radio Orchestra,  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Symphony No. 6; Janacek: Idyll / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572698 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Avalon Records   Catalog: 60286 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Lewis H. Redner,  James R. Murray  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Macliver,  Jonathan Prentice,  Margaret Burdett,  Lynton Atkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter,  Richard Hayman,  Gerard Schwarz,  Igor Golovschin  ... 
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    Stravinsky: Pulcinella, Etc / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571224 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Susan Graham,  Gran Wilson,  Jan Opalach
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies No 1 & 2  / Schwarz, Seattle  Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571225 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Chant Du Rossignol / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571222 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring, Dumbarton Oaks / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571223 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: The Firebird, Fireworks / Schwartz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571221 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    American Trumpet / Silberschlag, Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559719 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Eylar,  Steve Rouse,  Robert Starer,  Stephen Sondheim  ... 
    Performer:  Jeff Silberschlag
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten Symphonic Fantasy, Serenade For Winds / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571220 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben,  Capriccio Sextet / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571218 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Ikka Talvi
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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