Mr Philip Swanton

DSCM Diplom fur alte Musik Basel
Coordinator of Organ Studies

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1376

Biographical details

Philip Swanton grew up in Sydney and completed his undergraduate training at Sydney Conservatorium of Music before pursuing postgraduate studies in historical keyboard instruments at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, with Jean-Claude Zehnder.

Over the course of the last three decades, Philip has enjoyed an immensely successful career as a performer, recording artist and teacher in both hemispheres. Numerous concert appearances at major festivals and venues have taken him throughout Europe, across Australia and as far afield as Mexico. He has produced solo recordings for leading European radio networks and recording labels (Motette, Pelca, Koch-Schwann) as well as for ABC Classic FM. He has presented masterclasses and workshops for music institutions and summer academies throughout Europe, edited early keyboard music for the publishing house Carus (Stuttgart) and published articles in various organ and musicological journals.

Philip was appointed to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music faculty in 1992 after having lived and worked in Europe for 16 years. Under his direction, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Organ Studies Unit has become the leading centre of tertiary organ education in the country. His students have been prize-winners at every Sydney Organ Competition for the last decade. Several have gone on to further studies at prestigious overseas institutions, including the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London; two recent graduates have subsequently become Organ Scholars at Westminster Abbey.

In addition to his work at Sydney Conservatorium, Philip is a Performance Teaching Fellow at the ANU School of Music, Senior Teacher in organ to the ACT Organ School (Canberra) and a member of the instrumental teaching staff at Avondale Conservatorium, Cooranbong (NSW).

Philip is also an accomplished harpsichordist and fortepianist and was the first Australian to publicly perform the complete keyboard sonatas of Joseph Haydn on harpsichord and fortepiano (1998-2000).

Selected publications & creative works

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Journals

  • Swanton, P. (1985). Der Generalbass in J.S. Bachs Kantaten mit obligater Orgel. Basler Jahrbuch für historische Musikpraxis, IX.

Music

  • Swanton, P. (2008). 1. Fantasia in G (Pièce d'orgue), BWV572 2. Three Schübler Chorale Preludes: Wachet auf, ruft' uns die Stimme, BWV645 3. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV648; 4. Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV646 5. Fantasia à gusto italiano 6. Sonata in B flat 7. Tango voor Mineke 8. Flute Concerto from the Organ School, Op 55. Sunday Live with Paul Bevan. Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Performance Hall, Newcastle, Australia: ABC Classic FM.

2008

  • Swanton, P. (2008). 1. Fantasia in G (Pièce d'orgue), BWV572 2. Three Schübler Chorale Preludes: Wachet auf, ruft' uns die Stimme, BWV645 3. Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV648; 4. Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV646 5. Fantasia à gusto italiano 6. Sonata in B flat 7. Tango voor Mineke 8. Flute Concerto from the Organ School, Op 55. Sunday Live with Paul Bevan. Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Performance Hall, Newcastle, Australia: ABC Classic FM.

1985

  • Swanton, P. (1985). Der Generalbass in J.S. Bachs Kantaten mit obligater Orgel. Basler Jahrbuch für historische Musikpraxis, IX.

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