Adjunct Instructor of Music
D.M.A. in Violin Performance, minor in Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas
M.M. in Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
B.M. in Violin Performance, University of Kansas
Phone: (940) 898-2500
Ania Bard-Schwarz has performed as a soloist, recitalist, chamber, and orchestra musician on four continents and in fifteen countries across Europe, the Middle East, North and South America and has worked under such conductors as: John Axelrod, Niksa Bareza, Sergio Comissiona, Hector Guzman, Graeme Jenkins, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, and Antoni Wit.
Born in Poland, to a musical family with both parents being active performers and music educators, Ania Bard-Schwarz started taking violin lessons at the age of 6 with Mieczyslaw Wierszczycki. While growing up, she performed solo and with her sisters, a violinist and a pianist, in Austria, Holland, Poland, and Sweden.
At age 9, Ania toured as a soloist with the Greater Poland Symphony Orchestra; at 13, she performed solo with Eindhoven Filharmonic; at 14, she appeared in a violin duo at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (Mirror Hall). Since age 10, Ania participated in all-Polish national competitions earning distinctions and in the International Junior Henryk Wieniawski Competition. She received a distinction at the Young Artists Competition in Denver, Colorado and was a winner of the first Gregor Piatigorsky Foundation Competition in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ania became the youngest student at Maastricht Conservatory of Music in Holland at age 14. She earned the high school diploma two years later from the School for Talented Youth in Poznan, Poland studying with Wojciech Gielnik. At 16, Ania received a full scholarship to study at the University of Kansas towards the Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance with Ben Sayevich. She continued on full scholarship to earn Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory in Boston in class of the late Eric Rosenblith. Thereafter, she took lessons from the late Roman Totenberg.
Ania was a member of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Camerata Stuttgart, and Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. She served as the Concertmaster of Orquesta Filarmonica de Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile. Ms. Bard-Schwarz performed recitals and at Festivals in Austria (Sommerakademie Prague-Vienna-Budapest), Finland, Ireland (Kinsale Arts Festival, Boyle Arts Festival), Italy (International Chamber Music Festival, Positano), Israel (Music in the Valley of the Jerusalem Academy of Music), Poland (Music Festival in Lancut, Zakopane Arts Academy), and the USA (Yellow Barn Music Festival, Vermont; International Musical Arts Institute, and Blue Hill, Maine) and has been frequently sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Embassy.
In May 2014, Ms. Bard-Schwarz earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas in violin performance with a minor in ethnomusicology. Ms. Bard-Schwarz worked at UNT under the tutelage of Julia Bushkova, also serving as her assistant.
Since moving to the Dallas / FortWorth metroplex, Ms. Bard-Schwarz has joined the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras becoming their Concertmaster in 2010, and the Dallas Opera Orchestra as an associate musician. She has been a member of Baroque ensembles in the DFW area including the Orchestra of New Spain and Texas Camerata. In 2012, Ms. Bard-Schwarz was appointed an Adjunct Faculty at Texas Woman’s University. She has been a private instructor at Dallas Strings in Allen, Texas since 2010 where she continues to teach and inspire young children and youth to pursue music as part of their comprehensive education even if they do not choose to become professional violinists in the future. In the summer of 2010, Ania Bard-Schwarz joined the faculty of the International Chamber Music Festival in Positano, Italy.
Ania Bard-Schwarz is an avid propagator of musical education for children, youth, and adults who are underprivileged and do not have access to musical education in their immediate environment. She has been involved in outreach programs as a recitalist and lecturer in Chile, Israel, and the United States.
In August 2013, Ms. Bard-Schwarz married Dr. David Bard-Schwarz, an author, scholar and Music Theory Professor at the University of North Texas.
page last updated 11/25/2014 1:34 PM