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Felix Schwartz

  • Violist
  • Teacher

Biography

Felix Schwartz: The viola soloist founded the "Berliner Streichsextett" as well as the "Trio Apollon" together with Matthias Glander und Wolfgang Kühnl; the trio recorded numerous CDs. The CD "Wasserspiele" (with compositions by Enescu, Poulenc, Françaix, Kurtág and Matthus) was awarded the "ECHO" Prize in 2006. Together with Daniel Barenboim and Matthias Glander Schwartz recorded Mozart´s „Kegelstatt-Trio“ for EMI in 2006.
Moreover, Felix Schwartz is a member of the reknowned Gaede Trio.
Meanwhile Schwartz has performed at various festivals, such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Kammermusikfestival Kreuth, the Festival Schloss Moritzburg, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Rheingau Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Musiktage Hitzacker and others.
As Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Rostock and founder of the Winter Academy Schloss Kröchlendorff, he dedicates himself to the appropriate qualification of young musicians. He is a mentor of the West-Eastern Divan Workshop for Orchestra and Chamber Music (under the aegis of Daniel Barenboim) in Weimar, Chicago, Sevilla and in Salzburg in Summer 2007. Since 2004, Felix Schwartz directs a viola class at the Academy for young musicians at Sevilla founded by Daniel Barenboim. He conducted master classes for viola and chamber music in Seoul/Korea, at Kloster Schöntal, at Schloss Weikersheim, and at Schloss Rheinsberg.
Numerous recordings with international broadcasting stations, and nearly every German station, document his artistic career that is further complemented by adaptations (such as the violin sonata by César Franck, published by Breitkopf) and editing work (as with the first recording of the piano quintet by Wilhelm Furtwängler with Tacet).