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Philip Swanton

DSCM, LMusA, AMusA, Diplom für alte Musik (Basel)

Examiner Number: 497

A graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland, Philip Swanton has enjoyed an immensely varied and successful career as a performer, recording artist and teacher in both hemispheres over the course of the last three decades.

As a concert artist he has given numerous performances at major festivals and venues throughout Europe, across Australia and as far afield as Mexico, and was the first Australian to publicly perform (in a series of nine recitals) the complete keyboard sonatas of Joseph Haydn on harpsichord and fortepiano. He has made solo recordings for leading European radio networks and recording labels and has been broadcast nationwide on several occasions on ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live program. His most recent CD release, Just for Pleasure, with the ensemble Camerata Classica is a world-premiere recording of Six Fortepiano Trios (Op.13) by the 18th century German composer, Johann August Just.

Philip has presented masterclasses and workshops for local and overseas music institutions and summer academies, has published articles in specialist journals and yearbooks and edited early keyboard music for the Stuttgart publishing house, Carus. In 1992, after living and working in Europe for 16 years, he was appointed to the teaching staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney), where he has been Head of Organ Studies and principal organ lecturer for 17 years. He is also a Performance Teaching Fellow at the ANU School of Music in Canberra, has been senior teacher in organ with the ACT Organ School  since 2003, and is also on the staff of Avondale Conservatorium in Cooranbong.

Philip taught piano and harpsichord at Sydney Grammar School (College St) for more than twenty years (1991-2013) and has an enviable record of student successes in exams and competitions. This is his 20th year of service as an AMEB piano and organ examiner.