For the last twenty-five years, Dr. Ania Bard-Schwarz has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestra member across Europe, the Middle East, and North and South Americas.
Ania Bard was born in Poland to a professional musical family. While growing up, she performed solo and with her sisters, a violinist and a pianist in: Austria, Holland, Poland, and Sweden. At age 8, Ania performed solo with the Great Poland Symphony Orchestra, at 13 at the Mirror Hall of Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and with the Eindhoven Filharmonic. At 14, she was the youngest student at the Maastricht Conservatory of Music, Holland. At 16, Ania graduated from the High School for Talented Youth in Poznan, Poland and received a full scholarship for the Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Kansas followed by a Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.
In 1999, Ania won the first Gregor Piatigorsky Foundation Competition and performed 25 recitals in the 1999–2000 season across the United States. Between 2001–2006, Ania was a freelance member of the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Cracovia, and a full-time member of Camerata Stuttgart, and the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Germany. She performed recitals at Festivals across Europe and Israel sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2008, Ania served as Concertmaster of Orquesta Filarmonica de Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile.
In 2014, Ania earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where she worked with and was an Assistant to Professor Julia Bushkova. Since 2010, Dr. Bard has been the Concertmaster of Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras, an Associate Musician with the Dallas Opera (2010–2016), and a baroque violinist with the Orchestra of New Spain and Texas Camerata. In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Bard served as faculty at the International Chamber Music Festival in Positano, and in 2015, she performed as a classical and baroque violinist at Music Festivals in Vietnam.
Dr. Bard has been an avid propagator of musical education for children, youth and adults who do not have access to it in their immediate environment. She has been involved in outreach programs as a recitalist and lecturer in Chile, Israel, and the United States. Dr. Bard is increasingly interested in music and cognition and does research on gifted children and the role musical talent plays in their overall development.
In 2013, Dr. Ania Bard married Dr. David Schwarz, an author, scholar and Music Theory Professor at the University of North Texas. Together, they enjoy: reading, cooking, biking, horse-back riding, bird watching, art exhibitions, listening to classical and jazz music, learning about the world, cultures, and people. Dr. Ania Bard-Schwarz practices meditation and yoga and is a keen believer in natural healing practices. Growing up in a Catholic environment, Ania was exposed to Methodist, Jewish, and Buddhist religions and traditions since coming to the USA at the age of 17. She believes in the strength of ecumenism as the backbone of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic modern society.