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A Musical Aviary

Date and Time

Sunday, April 15, 2007 at 2:00 pm


Skyline High School
1122 228th Avenue SE
Sammamish, WA 98075


Stravinsky - Firebird Suite (1919 edition)

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Adrianna Hulscher, violin

Julian Schwarz, cello

Photo of Julian SchwarzJulian Schwarz was born in Seattle in 1991. At age 5, Mr. Schwarz began piano studies and at age six began his violoncello studies with the late David Tokonogui. In 2001, Mr. Schwarz won the Interlochen Junior Concerto Competition, and made his conducting debut with Interlochen’s Junior Ensemble that same year. He also received three Interlochen Fine Arts Awards.

At age 11, he performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with the Seattle Symphony, and at age 12, he conducted Tchaikovsky’s Coronation March with the Seattle Symphony at an annual benefit.

In 2004, Mr. Schwarz attended the California Summer Music program, studying with Irene Sharp. In 2005, Mr. Schwarz won the first David Tokonogui Memorial Award and premiered his father’s (Gerard Schwarz) composition, “In Memoriam,” to great critical acclaim, “Julian Schwarz played it remarkably well,” (Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times). He recently recorded that work for the Naxos label. Also that year, he attended the ENCORE school for strings studying under Richard Aaron, and in the summer of 2006 attended the Aspen Music Festival where he was Principal Cello of the film ensemble, a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra, and studied with Eric Kim, Principal Cello of the Cincinnati Orchestra.

Mr. Schwarz has been a featured artist on the Belle Arts Concert Series at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center as well as a regular performer on the UW Barry Lieberman and Friends series performing chamber works with Mr. Lieberman, Maria Larionoff, Ani Kavafian, Stephanie Chase, Frank Almond, and David Harding. He has regularly performed on the Seattle Symphony’s Tiny Tots educational programs, and has performed in both the 2005 and 2006 Music of Remembrance Series at Nordstrom Recital Hall.

Mr. Schwarz has performed in many master classes, including those given by James Kreger, Richard Aaron, David Finckel, and Wu Han. He has also been the winner of the 2006 Linda Sandell Chamber Music Award, as well as the first prizewinner of the 2007 Northwest Sinfonietta Competition. Of his performance with the Sinfonietta, Bernard Jacobson wrote, “Julian Schwarz is destined to rank among the major cellists of the 21st century. Mark my words.”

For many years, Mr. Schwarz studied with Raymond Davis, Principal Cello Emeritus of the Seattle Symphony and currently studies with Toby Saks, Professor of Cello at the University of Washington. Mr. Schwarz attends the Academy of Music Northwest as well as the Lakeside School. Next season Mr. Schwarz will return as soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, as well as make his debut with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra in Cleveland.

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