Julian Schwarz, Cello & Marika Bournaki, Piano 

Cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki met as students at the Aspen Music Festival in 2006. Over the subsequent years they reconnected at the Verbier festival in Switzerland, and as students at the Juilliard School in New York City. They began their musical collaboration in 2014 and made their debut together in recital at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC for the Embassy Series.
In November, 2016 the duo won 1st prize in the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s “The Art of Duo” from an applicant pool of over 150. Future engagements include recitals for the Boulder Bach Festival (Boulder, CO), National Arts Club (NYC), South Windsor Concert Association (South Windsor, CT), at Lyric Hall (New Haven, CT), a 15 concert tour of China in March 2017, and a performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra and violinist Jo Nardolilo Chagnard. Summer 2017 will feature their return as faculty members at the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC), a trio performance at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, and a teaching residency at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance.
Past engagements include the Thurnauer School of Music (Tenafly, NJ), University of North Carolina Greensboro (Eastern Music Festival), Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Rosenegg Castle (Steyr, Austria), Paul Hall at The Juilliard School, Bargemusic (Brooklyn, NYC), Hammond Chamber Music Series (Lexington, MA), Peninsula College (Port Angeles, WA), Second City Chamber Series (Tacoma, WA), Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (Nova Scotia, Canada), and an appearance on the prizewinners program at the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
The duo released its first recording, the complete music for cello and piano of Ernest Bloch, in 2015 for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, and recorded Bright Sheng’s “Northern Lights” in summer 2016 for future release on Naxos. The duo’s debut album, highlighting music of Schumann, Strauss, Poulenc, Beethoven, and Kreisler, recorded in spring 2016, will be released in early 2017. Mr. Schwarz and Ms. Bournaki have appeared on WUOL (Louisville, KY) and in hour-long live radio broadcasts for “Northwest Focus Live” on Classical King FM 98.1 (Seattle, WA) and “Backstage Pass” for WXXI (Rochester, NY). The duo has worked closely with violinists Jeff Multer, Mark Fewer, Yevgeny Kutik, Eric Silberger, and Mark Peskanov. 

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