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Sergiu Schwartz’s international concert appearances have taken him to major music centers on three continents, including twenty European countries, Israel, and over forty U.S. states, as soloist with over two hundred 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, “For those who lament the passing of the great violinists of the middle of the last century, Schwartz’s CD 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.”

Recent solo orchestral engagements include the Dresden Staatskapelle, Jerusalem Symphony, London Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, European Community Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Florida Philharmonic, Chicago’s Grant Park Festival Orchestra, among numerous other orchestras in the U.S. and worldwide. He has performed in major concert halls, including New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center (DC), Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Wigmore Hall (London), Royce Hall (Los Angeles), and Academia Santa Cecilia (Rome). Mr. Schwartz is a frequent guest at music festivals in the United States, Israel, Switzerland, Finland, England, France, Holland, Romania and Bulgaria and serves on the artist faculty of the Bowdoin (Maine) and Summit (New York) international summer music festivals.

Mr. Schwartz has been featured in broadcasts for radio and TV stations, including the BBC, NPR and CNN, and WXEL-TV’s Great Performances, and has recorded for Vox, Gega, Arcobaleno, Naxos, Nonesuch, Romeo Records, CRS, and Israel Music Society. Mr. Schwartz’s honors include major prizes in international violin competitions in the United States and Europe, as well as awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts.
Sergiu 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. He frequently conducts master classes and lectures at music schools worldwide and serves as juror in major international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow. He has been named for outstanding achievement with a full-length life history in prestigious professional international directories, including International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians, International Who’s Who in Classical Music and Who’s Who in America.


Sergiu Schwartz Performs Sibelius’ Violin Concerto 3rd Movement. Paul Freeman conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.
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