A native of Lübeck (Germany), Jonathan Masaki Schwarz began his violin playing at the age of six. With the age of 14 he started studying with Heime Müller at the Musikhochschule Lübeck as part of the young students program (ISMA). Since 2015 he is studying at the University of Arts Berlin in the class of Nora Chastain and graduated with the Bachelor of Music. Schwarz has attended masterclasses of, among others, Stephan Picard, Eszter Haffner, Ingolf Turban, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Anthony Spiri and Elisabeth Kufferath. Being awarded several first prizes at the German youth competition Jugend musiziert, the violinist has had many chances to appear as soloist.
From 2012-2015 Schwarz was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, which he was also leading as the concertmaster in 2015. 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. Schwarz is concertmaster of the Berlin chamber orchestra Eroica Berlin, under the direction of Jakob Lehmann.
As a violinist and violist, 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. In 2017, Schwarz was invited to the Kyoto International Music Students Festival. Schwarz received important chamber music impulses especially from Heime Müller, Inge-Susann Römhild, Troels Svane, Konrad Elser and as a part the Leonkoro Quartet from Eckart Runge, Gregor Sigl, Luc-Marie Aguera, Jan Bjøranger and Alfred Brendel.