Welcome to the website of pianist, composer and conductor Adam Swayne.
Adam Swayne - Photography by Anthony Hunt
Adam Swayne – Photography by Anthony Hunt

Adam Swayne is Deputy Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.

A versatile and eclectic musician, Adam studied at the University of Manchester and the RNCM before completing his doctorate as a Fulbright Scholar at Northwestern University in the U.S.A. His principal teachers were Ursula Oppens, John Gough and John Casken.

Through regular concert appearances, pioneering research and new compositions, he creates and presents unfamiliar music for all kinds of people.

He has been described by The Times as a pianist of formidable technique and high intelligence and by the Evening Standard as an ideal blend of panache and subtlety’. His recital CD ‘(speak to me): new music new politics’ has received outstanding reviews and was the only recording nominated in two categories at the 2019 Opus Klassik awards.

 

Artwork: ‘Together’ by Vanessa Lawrence
Artwork: ‘Together’ by Vanessa Lawrence

 

9/11 : 20, memorials on the twentieth anniversary of September 11th

Album digital release, Sep 3rd/ hard copy, Sep 11th.

“well planned, impressively realised and hauntingly effective”, Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3

“poignant … beautifully understated, a very impressive commemoration”, Stephen Page, Lark Reviews

“masterful and convincing”, Frances Wilson, Cross-Eyed Pianist

Click here to listen to a single track: David Del Tredici’s ‘Missing Towers’ (perpetual canon) from his Gotham Glory suite.

Click here to listen to short previews of the entire album.

Click here to pre-order.

Click here to book tickets for the commemoration concert at Wigmore Hall, 1pm on Saturday September 11th.

 

 

Live from the CoMA International Festival of Contemporary Music at the University of Bangor in 2012, Adam performs ‘Count Me In’, a theatrical work for piano and electronics composed for him by Kevin Malone of the University of Manchester in 2005. Video by Chris Adams.