Violinist Sergiu Schwartz has performed as a soloist 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, EECO, National Symphony of Mexico, Polish National Symphony, Chicago’s Grant Park Festival Orchestra, and others, under conductors including Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sergiu Comissiona, James Judd, Mehli Mehta, Peter Maag, Bruno Weil, Antoni Wit, and Enrique Batiz. Recent tours of the Asia have included performances with Qingdao Symphony (China), Mokpo Philharmonic and Busan Sinfonieta (Korea).
Comparing him to the greatest violinists, Fanfare Magazine writes: “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 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, American Classics released on Naxos, and on Arcobaleno with works for violin and harp by Ludwig Spohr.
Sergiu Schwartz studied with Stefan Gheorghu in his native Bucharest, Romania; with Rami Shevelov at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he also gained exposure to artists such as Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin during master classes at Jerusalem Music Center. He continued his studies with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London, and, with Dorothy DeLay, at the Juilliard School in New York. His artistic growth has been further enhanced by violinists Sandor Vegh, pianist Leon Fleisher, and legendary conductor Sergiu Celibidache.
Sergiu Schwartz combines his performing career with his position as Professor of violin holding The Turner Distinguished Chair in Violin at the Schwob School of Music, Columbus State University, in the United States, and as Professor at Haute Ecole de Musique et Conservatoire de Lausanne in Switzerland. He regularly conducts master classes at best known music schools, including San Francisco Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Boston University, Jerusalem Academy of Music, Reina Sofia Academy, Royal Academy of Music, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Conservatoire de Lausanne, Shanghai and Beijing conservatories, Seoul’s Korea National University of the Arts and Busan University, as well as master courses in Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, France, Italy, Holland, Bosnia, Romania, Bulgaria, and Puerto Rico.
He also serves as a juror in major international competitions, including Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, Wieniawski, Michael Hill, Oistrakh, Postacchini, Szeryng, Novosibirsk, 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).