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 first recital CD ‘(speak to me): new music new politics’ 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

Second solo album, released September 2021.

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

“remarkably touching, brilliantly constructed, finely played and wonderfully recorded”, Colin Clarke, Fanfare USA

“thoughtful and striking … transparently moving and respectful”, Nick Boston, Scene Magazine

Click here to listen on Spotify.

Read a blog post reflecting on the project one year on.