ÁGNES SZÉKELY SCHWARTZ, violin, viola
Ágnes Székely Schwartz (violin, viola) has performed since the age of eleven in twenty-five countries as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, including Europe, Israel, China and the US. Known for her rich, sensitive tone and virtuosity, she specializes in early music, contemporary music, Hungarian composers, gypsy music and free improvisation. She has the distinction of having performed all the violin and viola concertos of Béla Bartók. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Ágnes holds a Master of Music in Viola Performance from Liszt Academy of Music/Budapest. After coming to America on a String Fellowship to Aspen Music Festival, she achieved a Masters in Violin Performance from CSU Northridge where she also won the 2009 Concerto Competition. Her violin recitals have graced Nixon Library, CSU Northridge, Azusa Pacific University, LA City College, Santa Monica Emeritus College, Los Angeles Music Academy, the Hungarian Embassy, the United Hungarian House and many churches. After holding Concertmaster and Principal Viola positions throughout Europe and America, she is currently Concertmaster of the Whittier Regional Symphony (Rio Hondo) since 2007, as well as Concertmaster for several opera/musical theatre companies, and guest CM of studio and college orchestras throughout Greater Los Angeles. Locally she teaches violin and viola, and has lent her mentor skills in Kodaly Method/musicianship to College of the Canyons, Azusa Pacific University, Riverside College, Moscow School of Music and Arts, Los Angeles Music Academy, Hayfield Conservatory of Music and at her private studios in Valencia and Porter Ranch. Ms. Schwartz is an active member of many music organizations and adjudicates for MTAC, ASTA and others that encourage aspiring young talent.