JONATHAN MASAKI SCHWARZ
Born 1996 in Lübeck, Germany, Jonathan Masaki Schwarz became a student at the age of 14 in the class of Heime Müller at the Musikhochschule Lübeck as part of the young students program. In early 2020, he received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Arts Berlin studying with Nora Chastain. He attended masterclasses of Shmuel Ashkenasi, the Kuss Quartett, Alfred Brendel, Rainer Schmidt, Anthony Spiri, Ingolf Turban and received intense guidance by the members of the Artemis Quartett. Since 2020 he is continuing his study in the Master´s Degree with Nora Chastain and from the 20/21 season, he started a chamber music study at the Chamber Music Institut of the Reine Sofia School of Music Madrid in the renowned string quartet class of Günter Pichler with his string quartet, the Leonkoro Quartet. With the beginning of 2021, Jonathan Schwarz became a member of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Jonathan Schwarz came to attention as a several 1st prize winner of the German youth competition Jugend musiziert and became a scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes in 2018 as well of Live Music Now Berlin.
The young musician is passionately dedicated to chamber music. He was invited for concerts at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and many other renowned chamber music series and festivals as a member of his string quartet, such as the Heidelberger Streichquartettfest, the Beethovenhaus Bonn, the Mozartfest Würzburg and the Rheingau Musik Festival.
Jonathan Schwarz served as concertmaster as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. Following that, he took part in concert tours in Europe, China, and Tunesia and was involved in CD productions and radio recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon and German broadcasters. He received additional orchestra experience in the festival orchestra of the Pacific Music Festival, Anima Eterna Brugge, Orchester im Treppenhaus and since 2018 as a regular substitute of the Kammerakademie Potsdam. He is concertmaster in the chamber orchestra Eroica Berlin and a member of the music ensemble musica assoluta, which is focusing on contemporary music.