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 with David Rumsey at the 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 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 Organ Studies Department at Sydney Conservatorium of Music has become the leading centre of tertiary organ education in the country.

In addition to his work at the Sydney Conservatorium, Philip is currently on the instrumental teaching staff at Avondale Conservatorium, Cooranbong (NSW). He taught organ, harpsichord and piano at Sydney Grammar School for 22 years (to 2013) and was Senior Teacher in organ at the ACT Organ School (Canberra) from 2003-2017. He is very passionate about nurturing the next generation of young organists; his students have featured among the prize-winners at the annual Sydney Organ Competition for over a decade. In August 2011 he spent a month in Europe investigating teaching and educational outreach programs for young organists and was guest international tutor at the 3rd Jugend-Orgelforum in Stade (Germany). More recently (January 2018) he was principal guest tutor at the 4th International ANZCO Academy in Napier, New Zealand.

Philip is also an accomplished harpsichordist and fortepianist. In a series of nine recitals between 1998 and 2000, he became the first Australian to publicly perform the complete keyboard sonatas of Joseph Haydn on harpsichord and fortepiano. His CD release “Just for Pleasure”, a world-première recording of Six Fortepiano Trios (Op.13) by the 18th century German composer, Johann August Just, has met with widespread critical acclaim.

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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