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Robert Schwartz, piano

Date & Time: Saturday June 11, 2022 at 7:30  p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
Tickets: $25 General, $20 Seniors/Students

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Program

  1. Beethoven Sonata in A Major Op. 2 No. 2
  2. Chopin Nocturne in C Minor Op. 48 No. 1
  3. Chopin Impromptu in F# Major Op. 36
  4. Beethoven Sonata in D Minor Op. 31 No. 2
  5. Liszt Sonetto 123 del Petrarca
  6. Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

About the Artist

“one of the finest pianists of his generation.”

Hugh Wolff, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Pianist Robert Schwartz has earned an international reputation as a remarkable artist whose powerful performances are marked by poetry, insight and technical mastery of his instrument. Known for putting together challenging programs of great dramatic range, he plays actively around the globe and is a sought-after performer here in the Bay Area.

Winner of numerous awards, including the 1975 Ravel Prize at the Marguerite Long International Competition, held in Paris, Mr. Schwartz has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad in recent seasons. Of his performance of the Shostakovich first piano concerto with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Scranton Times wrote: “His playing was crystal clear and his poetic insights remarkable.” Mr. Schwartz made his formal New York debut in 1983 at the Merkin Concert Hall, having already appeared in New York City on the concert series’ of the American Landmarks Festivals, Trinity Church and the Maison Française at N.Y.U. Musical appearances on radio have included the WNYC “Americathon” broadcast live from Merkin Hall, WQXR in New York, NPR affiliates KXPR-Sacramento and WGBH-Boston. Klavier Records has released his recording of Romero’s Spirals for piano and orchestra, with the San Francisco Camerata and a CD of Schwartz playing French piano music will be released in early 2008. Mr. Schwartz has recently given recitals and master classes at the Young International Pianists Festival in Vienna, the Chautauqua Institution and, this summer, at the Beijing Conservatory in Beijing, China. Schwartz has appeared in the Bay Area on the concert series’ of Old First Church, The Steinway Society, Noontime Concerts, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and San Francisco Performances, and has appeared as soloist with the Redding Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Camerata and the Orquesta de Cámara Municipal de Rosario, Argentina.

Schwartz is equally at home playing large-scale works and more poetic repertoire. He has recently received praise for his Liszt B minor Sonata and regularly performs all twelve pieces of Albeniz’s Iberia. He also often programs the more intimate pieces of Chopin, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Schwartz has always had a special affinity for French music which led to his winning the Ravel Prize at the Marguerite Long International Competition in Paris. His CD of works by Debussy, Franck and Poulenc has garnered accolades.

Mr. Schwartz’s concerts and master classes have taken him to many U.S. cities, including New York, Boston, Houston, Portland, Memphis and Dallas. He has given concerts and master classes at festivals in Argentina, China, France, Switzerland and Austria and has had a profound influence on a generation of young musicians.

Standout performances in and around the Bay Area include Mozart’s D Minor Concerto with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Redding Symphony and solo recitals at San Francisco Performances, the Mendocino Music Festival, the Steinway Society in San Jose and Old First Concerts in San Francisco. Schwartz participates regularly in gala Liszt and Chopin concerts at Old First Church in San Francisco and, most recently in the Debussy Centennial Concerts.

Schwartz is an active master piano teacher in San Francisco and considers teaching an essential part of his musical life. He has an extensive private teaching studio and is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mills College in Oakland. He has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Skyline College and Santa Clara University and is currently on the piano faculty at Mills College in Oakland, CA. He was featured on the California Arts Council Touring Roster for two seasons 2003-2005. Mr. Schwartz holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University, a Masters Degree from Juilliard, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

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