Maestro move: job for Gerard Schwarz

Maestro move: job for Gerard Schwarz


norman lebrecht

May 28, 2019

The veteran Gerard Schwarz has been named Music Director/Artistic Director of Palm Beach Symphony.

He starts in September.



  • drummerman says:

    And he’s just been hired as a professor of conducting at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Looks like the Maestro will be enjoying lots of sunshine and warm weather.

  • Prof says:

    Sounds like he’s finally retiring! 🙂

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Good luck, Jerry! Definitely a nice weather spot too!

  • brian says:

    I have great memories of him from my youthful days of going to the Mostly Mozart festival in its early years of the 1980’s. Damn those were good times.

  • Patrick says:

    A good orchestra is about to get even better.

  • Mick the Knife says:

    Was he retired before this? He was a terrific trumpet soloist and made Seattle a major symphony orchestra through all of his 20th century music recordings. Its a great legacy.

    • drummerman says:

      He is also music director of the Eastern Music Festival.

    • Bimmo1 says:

      I agree ! a great soloist in his day who inspired me to become a professional trumpet player. Good luck to him in his new appointment.

  • fflambeau says:

    He’s one of the most creative programmers and directors around. Did a great job in Seattle.

    Good for him and Florida.

  • Bruce says:

    That’s nice.

  • fflambeau says:

    An unanswered question in all this: what happened to his predecessor, -Ramon Tebar, who hails from Spain. It appears he may have returned there and has several opera engagements with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

    • Luis says:

      Ramon Tebar is chief conductor in Orquesta de Valencia since 2017, succeeding Yarom Traub, and guest conductor in Palau de les Arts (Opera House), in Valencia as well, since 2015.

    • Juan says:

      I think several organizations in Florida realized Ramon Tebar was taking them for a ride by double booking himself and not showing up at one of them … also, his ego seemed outstripping his talent as the work was found wanting ! Sad.

      • Larry says:

        Tebar is artistic director of Opera Naples (Florida, that is.)

      • Sara says:

        agreed, double booking galore and not showing up. Shoulda hired Ric Madrus. He always showed up , was caring and performances were amazing!

  • MacroV says:

    Well, it’s not a very busy orchestra so won’t take much of his time, and he can tie it in with visits to the Frost School. Maybe it comes with a guest suite at Mar-a-Lago?

  • observer says:

    It would seem that someone who did so much to advance the Seattle Symphony would get a more established ensemble than the Palm Beach Symphony, and have more recognition in the international community. Is it perhaps part of an American syndrome of thinking conductors need to be European?

    • Luis says:

      More simple may be. Palm Beach is a good place to live without too much work. Do you know who is the guest conductor in Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (Another good place for relax)? Gunter Herbig.