Gerard Schwarz

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Gerard Schwarz (born August 19, 1947) is an American conductor. He was music director of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 2011.

In 2007 Schwarz was named music director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, having served as principal conductor since 2005. There he has expanded the festival's audiences to the largest in its history, enhanced education and programming (to include a composer in residence and three new concert series), and increased collaboration with An Appalachian Summer Festival, where he is artistic partner for symphonic music programming.

From 2001 to 2006, Schwarz was music director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). Earlier he served as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and of the New York Chamber Symphony.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Cornet Favorites Gerard Schwarz, William Bolcom 2 2
1983 The Classic Trumpet Concerti of Haydn and Hummel Haydn, Hummel; Gerard Schwarz, Y Chamber Symphony of New York 1
1983 The Water Music Complete Georg Friedrich Händel; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz 1
1984 The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi; Elmar Oliveira, Gerard Schwarz, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra 1
1988 Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Saint-Saëns: Havanaise / Introduction and Rondo capriccioso / Massenet: Meditation from 'Thais' Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Massenet; Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, New York Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1989 Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Kodály: Háry János / Galánta Dances Seattle Symphony & Gerard Schwarz 1
1989 Howard Hanson Symphonies: no. 1 "Nordic" & no. 2 "Romantic" Howard Hanson; The Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1990 Arias and Barcarolles / School for Scandal / An American in Paris Bernstein, Barber, Gershwin; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1990 Stratas Sings Weill Kurt Weill; Teresa Stratas, New York Chamber Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1991 The Firebird: Russian Fairy Tale Igor Stravinsky; Natalia Makarova, Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony 1
1992 A Tribute to William Schuman William Schuman; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1992 Bach, Handel Arias Bach, Handel; Arleen Auger, The Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz 1
1992 Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622 / Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581 Mozart; David Shifrin, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, Chamber Music Northwest 1
1996 Mozart Concertos no. 21 in C major, K. 467 / no. 24 in C minor, K. 491 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Eugene Istomin, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
1996 Moby Dick / Symphony no. 3 / Symphony no. 7 "Variation-Symphony" Peter Mennin; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 2
2002 Idyla (Idyll) for String Orchestra / Mládí (Youth) for wind sextet Leoš Janáček; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz 1
2003 The Firebird / Song of the Nightingale Игорь Фёдорович Стравинский; Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony 1
2003 Mysterious Mountains Alan Hovhaness; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz 2
2005 Symphonies nos. 4 and 9 / Orchestra Song / Circus Overture William Howard Schuman; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
2006 Symphony no. 60 / Guitar Concerto / Khrimian Hairig Alan Hovhaness; Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, David Leisner, Lars Ranch 1
2006 The Execution of Stepan Razin / October / Five Fragments Shostakovich; Charles Robert Austin, Seattle Symphony Chorale, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
2011 Sheherazade / The Tale of Tsar Saltan (Suite) Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
2011 Echoes: Classic Works Transformed Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
2011 Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1, Symphony No. 9 / Liadov: Baba Yaga - The Musical Snuffbox - Kikimora - The Enchanted Lake - Ballade Shostakovich, Liadov; Lynn Harrell, Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
2012 Petrushka / Song of the Nightingale Igor Stravinsky; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1
2015 Symphony no. 48 "Vision of Andromeda" / Prelude and Quadruple Fugue / Soprano Saxophone Concerto Alan Hovhaness; Greg Banaszak, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz 1
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77 / Saint-Säens: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 Brahms, Saint‐Saëns; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, Elmar Oliveira 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Made in the U.S.A. Gerard Schwarz 1
1998 Music of Howard Hanson, Volume 2 Howard Hanson; Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Le Tambourin Suites 1 & 2 / Canti dell'Eclisse / Ceremonial 3 Bernard Rands; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, Gerard Schwarz, Thomas Paul 1
2014 Above and Beyond: Music for Wind Band Creston, Schwarz, Grainger, Copland, Rands, Barber; “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Gerard Schwarz 1

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