Cellist Julian Schwarz was born in 1991 to a multigenerational musical family. As the 1st prize winner in the professional cello division of the inaugural Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong in 2013, he has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist and recitalist. He has been recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century.
Mr. Schwarz’s recent and upcoming performance highlights include debuts with the Charlotte, Des Moines, West Virginia, Toledo, Amarillo, Washington/Idaho Symphonies, Louisville Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Camerata Chicago, and Symphony Silicon Valley. Return engagements with Hartford and Boca Raton Symphonies, as well as the Northwest Sinfonietta; and recitals in Palm Springs, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and Nova Scotia with duo partner Marika Bounaki.
Internationally, he made his Australian debut with the Wueensland Symphony as well as his debut in Hong Kong, appearing at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival. He made his Mexican debut with the Orquesta Filarnomica de Boca del Rio and returns to Mexico to perform with the Orquesta Filarnomica de la Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City. Mr. Schwarz is a faculty member at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, where he teaches a growing studio and performs chamber music during the summer. He has performed as a chamber musician at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Montreal String Quartet Festival, and Bargemusic in NYC, to name a few. Mr. Schwarz has premiered concertos by Samuel Jons and Richard Danielpour, and will premiere a concerto by Lowell Liebermann in the 2017-2018 season.
Mr. Schwarz studied at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick for B.M. and M.M. degrees. He performs on a cell by Gennaro Gagliano of Naples made in 1743.
The Schwarz-Bournaki Duo received the Top Prize at the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition (BICMC- “Art of Duo”).