Jeffrey Swann

Jeffrey Swann President’s Distinguished Artist in Residence
Northern Arizona University

Pianist Jeffrey Swann—NAU President’s Distinguished Artist in Residence and Adel Artist-in-Residence in the School of Music at Northern Arizona University—enjoys an international performing career that 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 in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, 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
  • 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
  • London Philharmonia among many others

The conductors with whom he has performed include:

  • Zdenek Macal
  • David Robertson
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Marek Janowski
  • Kazimirz Kord
  • Myung-Whun Chung
  • Roberto Abbado
  • Riccardo Chailly
  • Daniele Gatti
  • Leonard Slatkin

In addition, he continues to lecture regularly at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany, and at Wagner Societies in the United States and Italy.

Swann has also served as a judge at many competitions, most recently at the Utrecht International Liszt Competition.

A native of Northern Arizona, 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.

Swann can be heard on Ars Polona, Deutsche-Gramophon, RCA-Italy, Replica, Fonit-Cetra, Music & Arts, and Agorá recordings. 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 most recent release features works for piano and orchestra by Chopin with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano. Since 2007, Jeffrey Swann has been Artistic Director of the Dino Ciani Festival & Academy in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.