Nicholas Santangelo Schwartz


Nicholas Santangelo Schwartz has distinguished himself as one of the most compelling and accomplished bassists on the international concert stage. He is a laureate of multiple international competitions, including being the youngest winner ever of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition and commission prize. He was also the first double bassist to win the Stulberg International String Competition (in an unanimous vote) and the Bach Festival Society Award in its 43 year history.

In 2013, Nicholas became a member of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, widely known as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. He formerly played with the Berlin Philharmonic as a member of the Karajan Academy, and in the USA with the Boston Symphony and Pops Orchestras. In addition to being a long time member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas has been a guest artist at multiple international chamber music festivals around the world and regularly performs with artists such as Rosanne Philippens, Dana Zemtsov, Daniel Rowland, Maja Bogdanovic, Eldbjørg and Ragnhild Hemsing, Benedict Kloekner, Kirill Troussov, Maximilian Hornung, Olivier Patey, Linus Roth and Alexei Ogrintchouk.

In addition to being a world class bassist Nicholas is also an active cellist and is the only performer who plays at an artistic level on both instruments and is often heard at concerts on both the double bass and cello. He feels equally at home in other musical genres, having his first success as a jazz bassist. He received the Grand Prize at Carnegie Hall in the Chamber Music Foundation of New England International Chamber Music Competition. He subsequently shared the stage with legendary artists such as Mark O’Connor, Russell Malone and Clark Terry.

In 2020 Nicholas became a Guest Professor of double bass at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He enjoys teaching privately and giving master classes whenever possible and he is a mentor in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s Academy program. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts (USA) Nicholas resides in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Nicholas plays double basses by Gaetano Antoniazzi (1872, Milan) and Bernhard Simon Fendt II (London, 1840) on loan from the Foundation Concertgebouworkest and a cello by Johannes Theodores Cuypers (1788, The Hague) on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds.

Nicholas is a sponsored artist of Pirastro strings.

Nicholas Schwartz sexclusive Turkiyemanagement is carried out by “KAM MANAGEMENT” since January 2021.

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