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Schwarz (born August 19, 1947) is an
American conductor. He was music director of the
Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 2011.
In 2007 Schwarz was named music
director of the
Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina,
having served as principal conductor since 2005. There he has expanded
the festival's audiences to the largest in its history, enhanced
education and programming (to include a composer in residence and
three new concert series), and increased collaboration with An
Appalachian Summer Festival, where he is artistic partner for
symphonic music programming.
From 2001 to 2006, Schwarz was
music director of the
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO). Earlier he served
as music director of the
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and of the
New York Chamber Symphony.