Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Florence Schwartz began her violin studies at the age of five with Margaret Randall at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She later studied there with David Cerone and won numerous concerto competitions in Cleveland; at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan; and at the Aspen Music Festival.
Schwartz holds a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a master’s degree from the Mannes School of Music. Her other teachers include Donald Weilerstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Felix Galimir, Angel Reyes and David Arben.
Florence Schwartz was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1989 by Sir Georg Solti. A resident of Chicago, she has three children: Max, Solomon and Sally.