pianist & composer
Thomas Schwan was born in 1985 in Milan, Italy. He studied piano privately in Milan, and composition in the conservatories of Milan and Turin. In 2007 he was awarded a full scholarship to study with renowned pianist Joaquin Achucarro at Southern Methodist University in Dallas (Texas), where he pursued an Artist Certificate and a Master’s degree in piano. Currently he is completing a Master’s degree in composition at the same institution, under the tutelage of Dr. Kevin Hanlon.
Mr. Schwan performed solo recitals in Italy, the United States, Russia, and the Netherlands. The prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (Italy) invited him to play a chamber music concert that will be soon released on a live CD. His own compositions have been performed in several important festivals in Italy and in the United States, including the concert series of the Dallas Chamber Music Society and the 2012 season of the Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change. He received top prizes in many international piano and composition competitions, along with academic honors from Southern Methodist University (Roy and Sue Johnson Award, Paul Vellucci Award) and from Accademia Chigiana (Honors Diploma, Monte dei Paschi di Siena Award).
Thomas will be performed Philip Glass’s Metamorphosis I-V for Solo Piano (1988)
and David Lang’s Cut for Solo Piano (2002)
in the [Untitled] Festival’s first concert TIME on November 28, 2012.