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Jeffrey Swann

New York University

JEFFREY SWANN enjoys an international performing career which has taken him  throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He won first prize in the  Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen  Elisabeth Competition, a bronze medal at the Van Cliburn Competition, and top honors  at the Warsaw Chopin, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the  Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire  includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.  

In addition to presenting lecture/recitals worldwide, Mr. Swann has performed with the  symphonies of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Indiana, Dallas, Saint Louis, Phoenix,  Houston, Lexington, Baltimore and Minneapolis; and in Europe with the orchestras of  Rotterdam, The Hague, Belgian National and Radio, Santa Cecilia, La Scala, Maggio  Fiorentino (Florence), RAI Turin and Rome, Südwest Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk,  the Prague Philharmonic, Radio France de Montpellier, and the London Philharmonia,  among many others. The conductors with whom he has performed include Zdenek  Macal, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marek Janowski, William Steinberg,  Kazimirz Kord, Myung-Whun Chung, Roberto Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Daniele Gatti  and Leonard Slatkin. Upcoming concerts include continuing the complete Beethoven  Sonatas series at Bargemusic (NY), concerts in Arizona, D.C., Israel, Italy and the  Republic of Georgia.  

In addition, Jeffrey Swann is an Internationally renowned Wagner scholar. He lectures  throughout the United States, illustrating from the piano, and is a frequent guest of the  Bayreuth Festival. He has written extensively on Wagner, most recently an article on  Wagner and Proust, published by Oxford University Press.  

Jeffrey Swann studied with Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University and  with Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his  B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. Degrees. He has made recordings for Ars Polona, Deutsche Gramophon, RCA-Italy, Replica, Fonit-Cetra, Music & Arts, and Agorá. His CD, “The  Virtuoso Liszt” (Music & Arts) won the Liszt Society’s Grand Prix, and his first volume of  the Complete Beethoven Sonatas (Agorá) was chosen one of the Best of the Year by  Fanfare magazine. His recordings are now available online through NAR Classical.  

Jeffrey Swann was Artistic Director of the Dino Ciani Festival & Academia (Cortina  d’Ampezzo, Italy) and Artistic Director of the Scuola Normale Superiore’s Concert Series  (Pisa). He is currently Professor of Piano at New York University and the President’s  Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Northern Arizona University, where he was  recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate.  


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