Title/Position: Accompanist, Frost School of MusicProfile:
Describe Your Approach to Teaching and Collaborative Performance
Right now, I invite you, in this moment, to close your eyes. Yes, really! Close your eyes, put your attention to your breath, allowing the mind an opportunity to start to quiet. Notice the space/gap as the exhale turns into the inhale. Before taking in your next breath, stay there for a few seconds. What does that feel like? Is it spacious? Peaceful? Calm? From that space, just “feel” the music, the silence, the space in between the notes. Let it envelop you. Don’t try to figure anything out, to understand anything, simply “let go.” Allow yourself to be moved. (By the way, we can be moved in different ways. Maybe you notice annoyance, anger, joy, etc.) Allow your experience to be what it is. There is no right or wrong. Just, “what is.”
…continue getting in touch with what moves you, what you’re feeling, sensing, thinking.
What Would You Like Prospective Students to Know About You Beyond Your Biography?
I don’t want this to be a conventional biography in the sense that I express what “I am” or what I’ve done, but more about what I want to do and what I’m becoming….Why are you interested in reading a bio? Can someone really be encapsulated in a snapshot of time? Aren’t we always, continually changing, evolving?
If you’re still wondering and feel compelled to know the details of my life and my work, feel free to ask me, I’d be glad to share.
Paul Schwartz is staff accompanist for the Frost School of Music, with a special focus in accompanying for vocal, choral and instrumental performances. A native of Miami, Florida, Paul Schwartz attracted attention at age 15 when he won first prize of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony Concerto Competition. Since then Schwartz has appeared as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout the United States, including the Bass Museum of Art, Gusman and Bailey Halls in Miami, and at Louisiana State University, San Francisco Conservatory and New York City’s Merkin and Carnegie Recital Halls. Schwartz has guest performed with soloists from the Metropolitan and New York City operas, and with such instrumentalists as Frederick Zlotkin, principal cellist of the New York City Ballet; Fred Mills, trumpet virtuoso with the Canadian Brass Ensemble; and Thomas Stacy, principal English Horn of the New York Philharmonic. He also recorded with Stacy on Cala Records, and the American Record Guide described Schwartz’s playing on that project as “immaculate.” Paul Schwartz resided previously in New York City for 16 years where he coached and performed with singers and instrumentalists. In the course of this work, and presently, he instructs professional artists and prepares them for the concert stage, drawing upon his extensive knowledge in transpersonal psychology. Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Piano Performance.