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Jeffrey Swann (born November 24, 1951) is an American pianist.
He began studying piano at the age of four and was a student of Alexander Uninsky at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He received his Bachelor’, Master and Doctor of Music from the Juilliard School in New York City, under the guidance of Beveridge Webster and Adele Marcus.
Swann’s international accolades are many, including:
the first prize at the first edition of the Dino Ciani Prize at la Scala Theatre in Milan,
the gold medal at the Reine Elisabeth Competition in Brussels
the highest award at the competitions
Van Cliburn, New1000
Vianna da Motta
Since then his career has been successful not only in the United States, but also in Europe: several times a guest of the Berlin Festival, the Grands Interpretes/ Quatre étoiles series in Paris, Swann has played in all major European cities. It has a vast repertoire that includes more than 50 concerts and solo works, ranging from Bach to Boulez and from the integral Beethoven Sonatas to the transcriptions of the late nineteenth century. He is also passionate about literature and the visual arts. He often offers themed programs and completes his performances with comments and illustrations. He is also a well-regarded composer: he studied composition with Darius Milhaud at the Aspen Music Festival, where he won the first prize. Particularly interested in contemporary music, he performed Charles Wuorinen’s Second Piano Sonata at the Kennedy Center in Washington and recorded several contemporary compositions, including Sonata No. 3 by Boulez. His recordings include the volume V of Beethoven’s Sonatas and the complete Concertos with Liszt and Chopin orchestra.
Since 2007 Jeffrey Swann is Artistic Director of the Festival and the Academy dedicated to Dino Ciani in Cortina d’Ampezzo. From 2013 to 2017 he was Artistic Director of the Season of Concerts of Normal. Also at the Higher Normal School of Pisa, he has given several cycles of concerts and lectures dedicated to: Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas (2004), Liszt and 19th Century Society (2005), Fryderyk Chopin (2006), 2006 Itineraries of the Twentieth Century (20 07), Music and Contamination (2009), Visions of Classicism (2010), Lisztmania (2011), Time in Music (2012), Dedicated to Richard Wagner (2013) , 1914: The World on the Edge of the Abyss (2014), The Seducations of the Exotic (2015), Faust and the Struggles of Romantic Genius (2016), Musical Forms: Strategies and Visions (2017).