Liebermann Premiere


Toledo Museum of Art

October 27 & 28, 2017

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Alexander Prior, conductor
Julian Schwarz, cello

Liebermann – Cello Concerto*
Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10

Virtuosic cellist Julian Schwarz performs the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Cello Concerto, newly commissioned for the Toledo Symphony. We pair it with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, a powerful fusion of the political and the personal, and an inspiring portrayal of the resilience of the human spirit. *This performance is a world premiere.

These concerts are made possible through the generosity of Mr. Alan Benaroya.


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Listen to the Shostakovich Symphony No. 10



Born in Seattle into a musical family, cellist Julian Schwarz is already being recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21st century. Schwarz made his orchestral debut at age 11 playing the Saint-Saens Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Gerard Schwarz, on the podium.  Since then, he has appeared with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Hartford, Charlotte, Columbus (Ohio), San Antonio, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, and Wichita symphonies, as well as the Louisville Orchestra, Chicago Camerata, and the Symphony Silicon Valley, among others.

Internationally, he made his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony in Brisbane and his debut in Hong Kong at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival.  He also made two appearances with the Boca del Rio Orchestra in Veracruz, Mexico, and made his debut with the Mexico City Philharmonic in May 2016. 

In August 2013, Schwarz was awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong. 

He is a member of the ensemble Frisson, a nonet for strings and winds, and has his own piano trio, Mile- End Trio, with violinist Jeff Multer and Bournaki.  In November 2016, he and Bournaki were awarded First Prize in the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s “The Art of the Duo.” In March 2017, the duo traveled to China for a 10-recital concert tour.

Tonight’s Toledo world premiere of a new cello concerto written for him by Lowell Liebermann will be followed by performances with the orchestras of Jacksonville, Annapolis, and Springfield, Mass.  Additional highlights of his 2017-18 season include his debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Charleston and Tucson symphonies; a re-engagement with Symphoria in Syracuse and the Boca Symphoria in Boca Raton, and recitals in Hartford, Boulder, and New York City.

Schwarz’s recordings for Naxos include the Saint-Saens No. 1 and Haydn C Major cello concertos with the Seattle Symphony, “In Memoriam” for the Music of Remembrance series and the Samuel Jones Cello Concerto with the All Star Orchestra, founded by Gerard Schwarz.  His next recording will be the six Rossini String Quartets, which will be performed and recording in Nova Scotia in November 2017.

Schwarz started piano lessons at age 5 and began his cello studies the following year with the late David Tonkonogui; subsequent teachers include Toby Saks, Lynn Harrell, Neal Cary, and Ronald Leonard. 

He received his Bachelor of Music degree in May 2014 from The Juilliard School in New York City where he studied with Joel Krosnick, and his Master of Music degree, also at Juilliard, in May 2016.  During the 2016-17 season, he served as Krosnick’s teaching assistant.  He also served as Artist-In- Residence at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance. In September 2017, he began his tenure as an Assistant Professor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Virginia. 

Schwarz currently performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.

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