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Jochewed Schwarz (Harpsichord)

Born: Israel

The Israeli harpsichordist and ealy keyborad instrumentalist, Jochewed Schwarz, is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music, Tel Aviv University. She studied piano with Edith Kraus and harpsichord with Boris Berman, and was awarded several scholarships by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. In the 1980’s, she studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (the Music Academy of Basel and Early Music Research Institute), assisted by a grant from the Swiss Government, and graduated with a Diploma in Early Music (Diplom für Alte Musik), having studied with Rolf Junghanns, Christiane Jaccottet and Emer Buckley. In addition, she studied the construction and maintenance of historical keyboard instruments at the atelier of Reinhard von Nagel, in Paris. Later, she studied at the law-faculty of the Bar-Ilan University, graduated with a LL.B and became a lawyer.

A clavichord, harpsichord and pianoforte player, Jochewed Schwarz is active both in Israel and abroad as a soloist and as a chamber musician in various leading concert series. She has performed with such musicians as recorder player Conrad Steinmann, violinist Chiara Banchini, Baroque oboe player Katharina Arfken and keyboard player Sally Fortino. She has played concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Herzliya Chamber Orchestra and Ramat-Gan Chamber Orchestra.

Jochewed Schwarz frequently takes part in festivals such as the Tel Aviv Festival for Vocal Music, the Tel Aviv Musica Da Camera Festival, the International Vocal Music Festival, Acre, the Abu-Gosh Vocal Music Festival, the International Felicja Blumental Music Festival and the “Musikkfestdagene I Trondheim” festival in Norway. In addition to early music, her repertoire includes modern music for the harpsichord as well as works especially written for her. In recent years she was leading the Early Music chamber concerts series "Sounds & Words". The concerts are held at the Felicja Blumenthal Music Center in Tel Aviv and in Ma’alotTarshiha, western Galilee, as well as in many other venues.

Jochewed Schwarz has recorded extensively for the Israel Broadcast Authority's Voice of Music radio station. She has appeared on a CD recording of the works of Georg Philipp Telemann, produced by the British label Meridian Recordings, and in 1993 won the Distributors Association Prize. Her recent albums are François Couperin: Music for Two Harpsichords, Vol. One with Emer Buckley on Toccata Classics.(released: July 2014), and Vol. Two also on Toccata Classics.(released: July 2016).

For fifteen years Jochewed Schwarz was a lecturer at the Rubin Academy of Music (now the Buchman-Mehta Music School at the Tel-Aviv University). She is often invited as a guest lecturer in Israel and abroad. She was granted the Israeli Artist Residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, for the year 2011.

Source: Jochewed Schwarz Website; The Artist (November 2015, December 2016)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2013, November 2015, , December 2016)

Recordings of Arrangements/Transcriptions of Bach’s Works




Emer Buckley (Harpsichord)


Trio Sonatas BWV 525-530, arranged for 2 harpsichords

Links to other Sites

Jochewed Schwarz (Official Website)
Jochewed Schwarz on LinkedIn

Jochewed Schwarz (Classical Artists Worldwide)
Couperin, Music for two Harpsichords, vol. II - new CD!

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