Howard Schwartz started his career in the Music and Recording business at age nine with playing the trumpet. He switched to the bassoon at eleven and by the age of thirteen, he was ranked among the best players in the country. Not only dis he win numerous national contests, playing with both amateur and professional orchestras while still in high school, but he won a full scholarship to the Eastman School of Music. After his first year, he entered the prelaw program at the University of Buffalo, with a major in entertainment. Later in 1993, Howard received a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman and has served the college as a n Ad Hoc Instructor.
To cover college costs, Schwartz became a disc jockey at a local radio station, a career move that stood him in good stead after he was drafted. For the next three years, he kept busy spinning discs for the Armed Forces Radio in Berlin, Frankfort and Munich.
On discharge, he settled in Hollywood, CA and became a recording engineer, working for the legendary Mel Blanc (the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck), writing, producing and recording comedy radio commercials. He then went to work for Wally Heider at Heider Filmways Studio in Los Angeles where he was the engineer on numerous gold and platinum record albums for artists including Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jefferson Airplane, The Fifth Dimension; Count Basie, Stan Kenton, James Taylor, Wayne Newton, Elvis Presley, Perry Como, Barbra Streisand, Leon Russell and Elton John, among others.
In 1971, Schwartz moved to Toronto, Canada to the production department of CHUM Radio and the CHUM Group of stations. In 1972 he was brought to New York as an engineer at National Recording Studios and later moved to 12 East Recording. In 1975 he asked for a raise and was turned down, which crystallized a decision to open his own company, Howard Schwartz Recording, Inc., as one studio, one engineer (himself) and a receptionist. A year later, he was turning down enough work to warrant the addition of a second studio and a second engineer.
Today Howard Schwartz Recording has 45 employees and is the only full service recording studio in New York housed under one roof. With nine audio-for-video studios, the facility is equipped with SoundNet, five SSL ScreenSound Digital Work Stations, two Audiofiles, a Synclavier Post-Pro, an Avid, Fiber Optics including T-l, ISDN, 3D2, an EdNet, Time Code DAT Editing System, DA 88 music mixing and sweetening, D-2, Beta SP, l” VTRs, Magna Tech Dubbers, 48 channel digital audio, quality high speed and real time dubbing, cassette duplicatign, computerized traffic king of tapes, satellite uplink, and downlink, all sound effects libraries, and a hugh stock music library.
Howard Schwartz was a founding member of SPARS. He was also on the Board of Directors for the International Teleproduction Society (ITS). He serves as the President and CEO of Howard Schwartz Recording, Inc.