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 Robert Schwartz

Robert Schwartz has been hailed by Hugh Wolff of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as “one of the finest pianists of his generation.” 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. Originally from Sacramento, and after having resided in New York City for fifteen years, Mr. Schwartz now makes his home in San Francisco, where he is a faculty member at Skyline College. He has also taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Santa Clara University.

Schwartz is featured on the California Arts Council Touring Roster for 2003-2004. He 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.

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 recently released his recording of Romero’s Spirals for piano and orchestra, with the San Francisco Camerata.

Mr. Schwartz has appeared in the Bay Area on the concert series' of Old First Church, Noontime Concerts, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and San Francisco Performances at Six, and has appeared recently as soloist with the Redding Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the San Francisco Camerata and the Orquesta de Cámara Municipal de Rosario, Argentina.