Gerard Schwarz


Gerard Schwarz serves as music director of The All-Star Orchestra, an ensemble of top musicians from America’s leading orchestras featured in twelve television programs that have aired throughout the United States on public television, worldwide by internet streaming, and are the basis for their Khan Academy education platform that has already reached over 6 million students. The programs, also available on DVD, have been awarded six Emmy Awards and an ASCAP Award, and a further two episodes will air in the fall of 2017.

Mr. Schwarz also serves as music director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and the Mozart Orchestra of New York, and is conductor laureate of the Seattle Symphony. His book Behind the Baton was released by Amadeus Press in March 2017.

His considerable discography of over 350 albums showcases his collaborations with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, London Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Tokyo Philharmonic, 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 the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Chamber Symphony.

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 Nov 18 & 19, 2017 and February 28, 2016.