Bassoonist Andrew Schwartz has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. His intriguing career spans from frequent appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to jazz recordings with Winton Marsalis, and special children’s concerts as the principal bassoonist of the Little Orchestra Society. He has also appeared with New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Orpeheus and the New York Pops. Mr. Schwartz is a member of the New York Chamber Soloists.
Additionally, Mr. Schwartz is one of the most sought after musicians on Historical instruments. He is principal bassoon with The Handel & Hadyn Society, Boston Baroque, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and The American Classical Orchestra. He has performed with many of the world’s premiere period instrument organizations that include Philharmonia Baroque, The Aulos Ensemble, Wiener Akademie, The Age of Enlightment, Tafelmusic and Rebel. He was principal bassoon of the Royal Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra in Stockholm Sweden for fourteen summers.
Mr. Schwartz has appeared as a soloist at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, The Morgan Library, New York; the Musikverien, in Vienna, Austria; Jordan Hall, Boston, Mass. He has recorded extensively, including the entire chamber music works for winds and the late Operas of Mozart for Decca/ L’Oiseau Lyre.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Schwartz received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. His wife, Jill LeVine, a professional photographer, and two teenage daughters, Hannah and Lena, spend summers at their home in Vermont.
“My thoughts on teaching are rather simple: Respect students. The more you practice the better you’ll get and the more fun you’ll have playing your instrument. Welcome mistakes – they show you the way to improve.”