Fascinated and deeply inspired by the relationship between music, movement, and dance, violinist and Dalcrozian-in-training Sylvia Schwartz is a passionate chamber musician in both modern and historical performance practices. A native of Boston, Massachusetts and recent transplant to Orange County, Sylvia performs currently with Eudaimonia baroque chamber orchestra, L’Esprit Baroque chamber ensemble, the folk/baroque band Lizzie and the Flakjackets, and the prog/alt rock band The Mood Swings. She is an alumna of: the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra; Lyricafest; Dana Maiben’s baroque violin intensive; the Olin Conductorless Orchestra, of which she was Concertmaster; the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber and orchestral musician she has performed in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maine, Ontario, Estonia, Latvia, and Shostakovich Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the major halls of Boston. She has performed recitals extensively in the Boston area. She has also been a member of the Harvard Summer Chorus, Chorus pro Musica, and The Masterworks Chorale, and sees in her students as well as herself the great benefit singing has for string players.
Sylvia is equally passionate about bringing music to life as a performer and nurturing creative expression and empowerment in her music students. She uses a combination of Suzuki approaches, improvisation, Dalcroze-inspired eurythmics, and Alexander Technique-inspired movement awareness to simultaneously develop fluent musicality, joy in making music, a solid instrumental technique, and musicianship (including reading and theory). A former sufferer of tendonitis, she has a particular interest in addressing and preventing performance injuries, in both beginning and experienced players.
Sylvia holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Laura Bossert and coached extensively with Dana Maiben, Na’ama Lion, Vivian Montgomery, and Ryan Turner. She is also a certified Suzuki Violin Teacher through Book 3. Sylvia is very pleased to join the faculty of Vienna Music Institute this year, to teach violin and to bring the powerful musicianship training approaches of Dalcroze Eurhythmics to the school. She has also taught at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, GS Music Center, Music 101, and the Winchester Community Music School, where she was also Administrative Director of the WCMS Summer Chamber Music Festival.