Schwartz, who joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1989, began her
musical studies at the age of 5 with Margaret Randall at the Cleveland
Institute of Music, where she later studied with David Cerone. She received a
bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Donald
Weilerstein, and a master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music as a
student of Felix Galimir. Her other teachers include Angel Reyes, Arnold
Steinhardt and David Arben.
has won numerous competitions and awards. She has performed as soloist with
several orchestras, including the World Youth and University orchestras at the
National Music Camp, Aspen Sinfonia, Cleveland Philharmonic, Mannes
Orchestra and Rochester Philharmonic. Florence has performed chamber music
with the Bronx Arts Ensemble and as a member of the Marlboro Music Festival.
She has appeared as soloist at Bach Week in Evanston and with the Kenosha
Symphony with fellow orchestra member Catherine Brubaker. She also performs on
the CSO Chamber Music series and has performed recitals and chamber music on
the Mostly Music series in Chicago.
lives in Winnetka with her husband, William Harris Lee, and her children, Max,
Solomon and Sally.
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