Title: Associate Professor Violin, String Area Coordinator
Web Page: http://jonathan-swartz.com
A native of Toronto, violinist Jonathan Swartz has distinguished himself throughout North America both as a performer and pedagogue. While serving on the faculties at Arizona State University, the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory, and the Domaine Forget Academy, Swartz has managed to maintain a prolific performing career. He collaborates often with his sister Jennifer Swartz, principal harpist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and his wife, American pianist Wendy Chen.
Swartz has appeared at the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, Colorado’s Strings in the Mountains Chamber Festival, the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Mooredale Concert Series, and the Artists Series at Roy Thompson Hall, in addition to several venues under the auspices of Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. He is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra under conductor Michael Stern, an ensemble that regularly performs with the world’s leading artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Jaime Laredo, Joshua Bell, Midori, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yefim Bronfman.
Sought after as a master clinician, and frequent presenter at the American String Teachers’ Association National Conferences, Swartz was interviewed by STRINGS magazine for an article in the October 2006 issue regarding his approach to bow technique. He has given master classes throughout North America, including at Vanderbilt University, Bowling Green State University, Florida State University, the Interlochen Arts Academy, Stanford University, and the Royal Conservatory of Music/Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Swartz serves as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and has previously served on the faculties at the University of Texas at El Paso, the Interlochen Arts Camp, and the Innsbrook Institute.
Swartz is the founder and Artistic Director of the Visiting Quartet Residency Program at Arizona State University, a chamber music program that integrates visiting resident artists with a comprehensive chamber music curriculum. Quartets in this residency have included the St. Lawrence, Juilliard, Brentano, Tokyo, and Orion String Quartets. Swartz is also co-founder of the Violinists’ Seminar at Le Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada – a team-taught intensive training program for advanced violinists.
Swartz earned a Bachelor of Music cum laude from Rice University, a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University. His doctoral thesis is titled Perspectives of Violin Pedagogy: A Study of the Treatises of Francesco Geminiani, Pierre Baillot, and Ivan Galamian, and a Working Manual by Jonathan Swartz