Ania Bard-Schwarz, DMA
Adjunct Instructor of Music
Academic Area: Violin
Phone: (940) 898-2500
DMA in Violin Performance, minor in Ethnomusicology, University of North Texas
MM in Violin Performance, New England Conservatory of Music
BM in Violin Performance, University of Kansas
Ania Bard-Schwarz, DMA, has performed in recital and in ensemble on four continents across Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South Americas. As concertmaster, second violin principal and a member of chamber and symphony orchestras, she has worked under such conductors as: John Axelrod, Niksa Bareza, Sergio Comissiona, Christoph Eschenbach, Hector Guzman, Graeme Jenkins, Krzysztof Penderecki, Helmuth Rilling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and Antoni Wit.
Ania’s career started early when at 8 years of age she soloed with the Greater Poland Symphony Orchestra performing Wieniawski’s “Polish Folk Dances”. At age 13, she performed Saint-Saens Violin Concerto with the Eindhoven Filharmonic (Holland) and a Wieniawski Caprice for two violins with her sister at the Mirror Hall of Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Born in Poznan, Poland, Ania Bard, began her musical education at the M. Karlowicz and H. Wieniawski Elementary and Secondary Music Schools in Poznan with Mieczyslaw Wierszczycki. At 14, she entered the Maastricht Conservatory of Music in Holland where she studied with Robert Szreder, eventually earning her high school diploma at age 16 from the “School for Talented Youth” in Poznan, Poland, in the class of Wojciech Gielnik. Thereafter, Ms. Bard became a full scholarship recipient at the University of Kansas earning the Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance under Ben Sayevich in 1997 and subsequently she became a full scholarship recipient at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston earning the Master of Music degree under Eric Rosenblith in 1999. Following her graduation, Ms. Bard continued to take private lessons with Roman Totenberg.
While a student in Kansas and Boston, Ms. Bard participated in the Yellow Barn Music Festival and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival in Vermont and International Musical Arts Institute in Freyburg, Main.
In 1999, Ms. Bard won the first Gregor Piatigorsky Foundation Competition in Boston, which led to recitals throughout: Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina. Between 2000-2006, Ms. Bard freelanced as a member of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Camerata Stuttgart, and Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart performing in Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. Simultaneously, Ms. Bard performed as a recitalist at such music venues and festivals, as: Zakopane Art Academy in Poland, Kinsale Music Festival and Boyle Arts Festival in Ireland, Sibelius Foundation recital tour in Finland, Jerusalem Academy of Music Festival, Israel, frequently being sponsored by the Polish Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 2006, Ms. Bard was invited to perform as a visiting artist at the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. Subsequently, she was offered an outstanding achievement award to pursue the Doctor of Musical Arts degree there and to be a teaching assistant to professor Julia Bushkova. In 2008 Ms. Bard was offered a contract to serve as the Concertmaster of Orquesta Filarmonica de Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile. Upon returning to to Denton in 2009, Ms. Bard earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance with a minor in ethnomusicology in 2014.
Since moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Bard has joined the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras becoming their Concertmaster in 2010, and the Dallas Opera Orchestra as an associate musician. She has also studied to become a baroque violinist at UNT with Cynthia Roberts and performed for five seasons with the Orchestra of New Spain. Currently, Bard is a member of a nationally known baroque ensemble Texas Camerata. Between 2010-2015, Bard was a private instructor at the Dallas Strings in Allen, Texas and between 2013-2015 she served as an upper strings coach for the Dallas Asian-American Youth Symphony. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, Bard taught at the International Chamber Music Festival in Positano, Italy. In 2015, she performed as a baroque and classical violinist at Vietnamese-American Music Festivals in Vietnam, and in 2016, in Paris, France. Since 2013, Bard has served as an Adjunct Professor of Violin at Texas Woman’s University.
Bard has been 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.
Bard comes from a musical family. Her mother was a professional violinist, choral conductor, and a music critic and her father was a trumpet professor and performer. To this day, both parents continue to be active as music educators. While growing up, Ania Bard performed solo and with her sisters: a violinist and a pianist in Austria, Holland, Poland and Sweden.
In 2013, Bard married Dr. David Schwarz, an author, scholar and Music Theory Professor at the University of North Texas.
In the Fall 2017, Bard-Schwarz is going to pursue her ongoing interests in music and neurology at the UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.
In her spare time, Bard-Schwarz enjoys healthy cooking with her husband, growing an herb, vegetable, and flower garden, drawing and photographing. She practices yoga meditation and enjoys the outdoors, walking, hiking, bird watching and horseback riding.