The Toledo Symphony Announces a Special Recital with World-Renowned Cellist Julian Schwarz Oct. 29

Published Wednesday, October 21, 2020 11:00 am

The Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announced this morning that world-renowned cellist Julian Schwarz will return to Toledo for a one-night-only recital on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. In-person tickets are now available to the general public and can be purchased online at

“We are thrilled to once again welcome Julian Schwarz back to the Peristyle for this special recital,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the TSO. “This represents Julian’s third performance since 2017, proof that he has become Toledo’s favorite cellist. From his performances of the world premiere of Liebermann’s Cello Concerto in 2017 to Dvořák’s Cello Concerto a year ago, our audiences recognize Julian’s deep musicality and the sincerity of his performance.”

The program on Thursday evening features works by Schumann, Brahms, Korngold, Bloch, and Chopin. “What excites us most about this recital is the chance to meet Julian’s incredibly talented wife, pianist Marika Bournaki. Julian and Marika have performed extensively as recitalists around the world, and this will be their Toledo debut as a duet. They also happen to be newlyweds, so this performance will give us a chance to celebrate their recent marriage.”

A Special Evening with Julian Schwarz & Marika Bournaki
Thursday, October 29, 2020, 7 PM
Peristyle Theater, 2445 Monroe Street, Toledo
Tickets begin at $30
More info:
Visit, stop by the TAPA Box Office located at 1838 Parkwood Avenue, or call 419.246.8000, Monday-Friday, 9-5 PM.

The performance is also available on TAPA Streaming. Patrons can stream the performance live at 7 PM ET from the comfort of their homes and watch on their computers, phones, tablets, and the newly released TAPA Streaming apps on Apple TV and Roku. To purchase streaming tickets, visit

The recital is made possible through the generous support of Judy and Nicholas Dye, Nita and Fred Harrington, and Hedva and Bennett Romanoff.

For more information on this recital with cellist Julian Schwarz, please contact Vanessa Gardner, Director of Marketing & Communications for the Toledo Symphony at or visit


Julian Schwarz was born to a multi-generational musical family in 1991. After making his concerto debut at the age of 11 with the Seattle Symphony and his father Gerard Schwarz on the podium, he made his US touring debut with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Since then he has led an active career as soloist. Internationally, he has made his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony, his Mexican debuts with the Boca del Rio Philharmonic in Veracruz and the Mexico City Philharmonic with frequent collaborator Jorge Mester, and his Hong Kong debut at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival. He has also appeared at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Verbier festival in Switzerland.

As a recitalist, he has performed at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Rosenegg Castle in Steyr Austria, on the Embassy Series in Washington DC, at the National Arts Club, University Club, Musical Club of Hartford, Boulder Bach Festival, and for International Concerts of the Desert in Palm Springs. In March 2017, Mr. Schwarz embarked on an extensive 10-recital tour of China with duo partner Marika Bournaki. A committed chamber musician, he is a member of the New York based Frisson Ensemble (a mixed nonet of winds and strings), the New York Classical Players, and the Mile-End Trio with violinist Jeff Multer and Ms. Bournaki. He performs frequently at Bargemusic in Brooklyn with violinist Mark Peskanov, on the Frankly Music Series in Milwaukee with violinist Frank Almond, as a member of the Palladium Chamber Players in St Petersburg FL, and has been the featured young artist at both the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.

Julian Schwarz is an ardent supporter of new music and has premiered concertos by Richard Danielpour and Samuel Jones (recorded with the All Star Orchestra for public television in 2012, subsequently released as a DVD on Naxos). In the 17-18 season, he gave the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s first Cello Concerto with a consortium of five orchestras. Other premieres include the US Premiere of Dobrinka Tabakova’s Cello Concerto with the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and recital works by Paul Frucht, Gavin Fraser, Alex Weiser, and Ofer Ben-Amots.

Schwarz serves as Assistant Professor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA). Other faculty appointments include artist-in-residence at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (Nova Scotia, Canada), faculty teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, and faculty at the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC). At the Eastern Music Festival, he runs programming for the Tuesday evening chamber music series.  

In 2013, Julian Schwarz won 1st prize in the professional cello division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong, and in 2016 won 1st prize at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s “The Art of Duo” with Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki.

He plays on a Neapolitan cello made by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743, is an active contributor to Strings Magazine’s Artist Blog, and sits on the music committee of the National Arts Club. A Pirastro artist, he endorses and plays the "Perpetual" medium set of cello strings.


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