Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of The All-Star Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival and is Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony. Mr. Schwarz’s latest project, The All-Star Orchestra, features a handpicked ensemble of star players from America’s leading orchestras coming together for an American Public Television series designed to encourage a greater understanding and enjoyment of classical music. The eight-episode first season was awarded three Emmys and an ASCAP Award and is now released by Naxos on DVD. The next 4 episodes have recently been released.
His considerable discography of over 350 recordings showcases his collaborations with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, among others.
Mr. Schwarz began his professional career as co-principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic and has held leadership positions with Mostly Mozart Festival, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and New York Chamber Symphony. As a guest conductor of both opera and symphony, he has worked with many of the world’s finest orchestras and opera companies.
In 2011, Mr. Schwarz completed his final season as music director of the Seattle Symphony after an acclaimed 26 years. In his nearly five decades as a respected classical musician and conductor, he has received hundreds of honors and accolades, including Emmy awards, Grammy nominations, ASCAP awards, and the Ditson Conductor’s Award. He was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America and has received numerous honorary doctorates. The City of Seattle named the street alongside the Benaroya Hall “Gerard Schwarz Place.”
Gerard Schwarz conducted The Orchestra Now on February 28, 2016.