“It was aristocratic playing which reminded this listener of the legendary Dinu Lipatti!” So wrote the leading critic of the Los Angeles Times on a recent performance by pianist Stephen Swedish.
Stephen Swedish has built an international reputation as soloist, collaborator and one of the world premier chamber music pianists. He is the pianist of The Kapell Trio (with violinist Anthony Flint and cellist Wen-Sinn Yang) and has appeared in concert with some of the world’s greatest artists including violinists Josef Gingold and Henryk Szeryng, violist William Primrose, cellists Janos Starker, Raphael Wallfisch, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Wolfgang Laufer and many others.
Stephen Swedish attended the renowned School of Music at Indiana University earning his Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees. His principal teacher and mentor was Menahem Pressler, pianist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio. He also studied piano with Abbey Simon, Gyorgy Sebok, and Sidney Foster…and chamber music with Menahem Pressler, Janos Starker and William Primrose. While only in his second year at Indiana, he was invited by celebrated cellist Janos Starker to be his regular recital partner and together Messrs. Starker and Swedish toured throughout North America and recorded for the Mercury label.
In addition to his performances on five continents, Stephen Swedish has served on the artist-faculties of the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, the School of Music at the University of Maryland, and, at the personal invitation of renowned pianist Lili Kraus, at Texas Christian University where he served as Director of Chamber Music Studies. He has also taught in Europe at the International Music Academy in the Czech Republic, the Esterhazy Palace and Haydn Conservatory in Eisenstadt, Austria and the Conservatorio dall’Abaco in Verona, Italy.
Since 1996, Stephen Swedish has served as Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department and in that capacity has performed and present numerous master classes in such far-away places as Azerbaijan, Kyrgysztan, Kazahkstan, the Republic of Georgia, Sardinia, Cyprus, Malta and Chile.
Swedish has recorded on the RCA Red Seal, the Mercury, and the Gasparo record labels. He is a Steinway Artist and resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, Cynthia.