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SCHWARZ, Gerard

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SCHWARZ, Gerard
Gerard Schwarz

Maestro Schwarz is the Musical Director of the Seattle Symphony. As Music Director of the New York Chamber Symphony, Maestro Schwarz expanded the orchestra's programming from a few concerts annually to a full schedule of New York appearances, plus tours and recordings.

In 1983, Maestro Schwarz came to the Seattle Symphony as Music Advisor. The following year he was appointed Principal Conductor and since 1985 has held the post of Music Director. In his twelve years here, he has initiated several concert series, has lead award-winning recordings and has introduced many new works to the Seattle Symphony's repertoire.

Maestro Schwarz is also Music Director of New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, where he has spent his summers since 1982. During his tenure with the Mostly Mozart Festival, Maestro Schwarz has conducted a large repertoire, including many early Mozart operas in concert form. He has lead the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in debuts at Tanlgewood and Ravinia festivals. For the last five years he and the Orchestra have presented the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo at Tokyu Bunkamura's Orchard Hall immediately following the New York season.

Further expanding his relationship with Tokyu Bunkamura, in January 1994, maestro Schwarz became Artistic Advisor to Tokyu Bunkamura's Orchard Hall, conducting six programs annually with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maestro Schwarz has guest conducted major orchestras throughout North America and Europe. In September 1995 he debuted with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the International Music Festival "Prague Autumn."

Gerard Schwarz was named 1994 "Conductor of the Year" by Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts. In 1989 he received the Ditson Conductor's Award from Columbia University. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Gerard Schwarz has received honorary Doctorates from Fairleigh Dickinson University, the University of Puget Sound, and Seattle University. Gerard Schwarz is the Musical Director of the Seattle Symphony. As Music Director of the New York Chamber Symphony, Maestro Schwarz expanded the orchestra's programming from a few concerts annually to a full schedule of New York appearances, plus tours and recordings.

In 1983, Gerard Schwarz came to the Seattle Symphony as Music Advisor. The following year he was appointed Principal Conductor and since 1985 has held the post of Music Director. In his twelve years here, he has initiated several concert series, has lead award-winning recordings and has introduced many new works to the Seattle Symphony's repertoire.

Maestro Schwarz is also Music Director of New York's Mostly Mozart Festival, where he has spent his summers since 1982. During his tenure with the Mostly Mozart Festival, Maestro Schwarz has conducted a large repertoire, including many early Mozart operas in concert form. He has lead the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in debuts at Tanlgewood and Ravinia festivals. For the last five years he and the Orchestra have presented the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo at Tokyu Bunkamura's Orchard Hall immediately following the New York season.

Further expanding his relationship with Tokyu Bunkamura, in January 1994, maestro Schwarz became Artistic Advisor to Tokyu Bunkamura's Orchard Hall, conducting six programs annually with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Gerard Schwarz has guest conducted major orchestras throughout North America and Europe. In September 1995 he debuted with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the International Music Festival "Prague Autumn."

Maestro Schwarz was named 1994 "Conductor of the Year" by Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts. In 1989 he received the Ditson Conductor's Award from Columbia University. A graduate of the Julliard School, Gerard Schwarz has received honorary Doctorates from Fairleigh Dickinson University, the University of Puget Sound, and Seattle University.


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CANTOR AZI SCHWARTZ

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CANTOR AZI SCHWARTZ
Cantor Azi Schwartz

Cantor Azi Schwartz is the Senior Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York and is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches both Jewish and interfaith audiences internationally. His craft of Jewish liturgical music has been described as emotionally moving, spiritually uplifting, and artistically dynamic. Azi grew up in a traditional community in Israel. His grandfather, also a cantor, inspired Azi to pursue his passion and inclination for singing and music. After graduating from Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and studying under the top cantors in the world, Azi continued studying music with a Masters in Classical Singing and Conducting from Mannes School of Music. This journey brought Azi to New York, where he leads Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS), the largest Conservative community in NYC and the flagship of Jewish liturgical music in North America. As PAS Music Centers Director, Cantor Schwartz creates, records, and publishes new liturgical music, as well as hosts world-class guest artists for concerts and worship. Passionate to bring Jewish liturgy to the broader world, Azi has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Madison Square Garden, the US Capitol Rotunda, and the Israeli Knesset. During Pope Francis visit to New York in October 2015, Cantor Schwartz represented the Jewish people at the multi-religious service at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He plays the cantors role in Richard Geres movie Norman, and performs in concerts and interfaith missions around the world. Azi has an astounding online following. He released his ninth album this Fall, containing liturgical music commissioned in the past year. Dedicated to cultivating the next generation of cantors, Azi serves on faculty of all major cantorial schools, and serves as Treasurer for the Cantors Assembly, the largest professional organization for cantors. Azi is married to Dr. Noa Schwartz, and they have four children.


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