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 on four continents and in fifteen countries across Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America. She was a winner of the first Gregor Piatigorsky Foundation Competition in 1999 and has worked under such conductors as: John Axelrod, Niksa Bareza, Sergio Comissiona, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Antoni Wit, and Graeme Jenkins.
Highlights of Ania’s career include solo appearances at the age of 9 with the Great Poland Symphony Orchetsra, being a soloist with the Eindhoven Filharmonic at the age of 13, a violin duo performance and life recording at the Mirror Hall of Concertgebouw, Amsterdam at the age of 14; being a member of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Assistant Concertmaster of Camerta Stuttgart, a Concertmaster of Orquesta Filarmonica de Teatro Municipal de Santiago, among others.
Born in Poland, Ania, at 14, was the youngest student at the Maastricht Conservatory of Music in Holland under the tutelage of Robert Szreder; she earned her high school diploma at 16 from the “School for Talented Youth” in Poznan, Poland, where she studied with Wojciech Gielnik; was a full scholarship recipient at the University of Kansas earning her Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance in the studio of Ben Sayevich. She received full scholarship and earned her Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in violin class of the late Eric Rosenblith.
Thereafter, back in Europe, Ania became a member of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Camerata Stuttgart, and Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. She performed recitals at Festivals in Ireland and Israel sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In May 2014, she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas in violin performance with 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, Dr. 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 two Baroque ensembles in the DFW area: Orchestra of New Spain and Texas Camerata. In 2012, Dr. Bard-Schwarz was appointed an Adjunct Faculty at Texas Woman’s University. Between 2010-2015, she was a private instructor at Dallas Strings in Allen, Texas where she taught and inspired young children and youth to pursue music as part of their comprehensive education even if they were not going to choose a professional musician’s path in the future. In the summer of 2010 and 2011 Ania Bard-Schwarz joined the faculty of the International Chamber Music Festival in Positano, Italy. Since 2013, Dr. Bard-Schwarz has been a violin coach for the Dallas Asian-American Youth Symphony. In the summer of 2015, Dr. Bard will serve as faculty at the ICMC Music Festival in Positano/Sorento, Italy and will perform on baroque and classical violins at a Music Festival in Vietnam.
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.
Dr. Bard-Schwarz comes from a musical family, with both parents being active performers and music educators. While growing up, she performed solo and with her older sisters: a violinist and a pianist in Austria, Holland, Poland, Sweden.
In August 2013, Dr. Bard-Schwarz married her husband Dr. David Bard-Schwarz, an author, scholar and Music Theory Professor at the University of North Texas.
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