The masterful interweaving of captivating narrative and spellbinding musical interpretations make Roberta Swedien a unique cultural treasure among contemporary classical pianists.
Audiences around the world love "The Music Room Recitals". Stories of the composers, the time and the place mix with the passion and power, lightness and lyricism of her pianism to create an unforgettable experience. "She took us to another world." said one audience member. "It was a magical evening, I am deeply moved. This is an incredibly rich treasure." said another.
Roberta Swedien has performed on four continents for over four decades in solo, chamber and orchestral concerts, television and radio appearances with repertoire ranging from Bach to Elliott Carter. Her popular series of words and music "The Music Room Recitals" includes the programs "Clara Schumann: A Romantic Portrait", "From Russia with Love, Sergei Rachmaninoff", "American Classics", "From Dawn to Darkest Night", "Swedish Rhapsody", "The Nobel Concert" and "Nordic Miniatures: Now and Then".
Chamber music recitals in Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, Bombay, New Delhi, Pune, Vasterås and Stockholm in collaboration with such artists as violinist Alberto Lysy, operatic soprano Olga Ionova, tenor Kevin Hanrahan, conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa and soprano Priya Palekar among others have been an additional focus of Swedien's musical life.
Third-generation musician, Roberta is the daughter of legendary producer, recording engineer and 5-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Swedien who has recorded Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many more. In addition to her work in classical music, Roberta did sound design for Michael Jackson's "HIStory" album. Among her teachers were Leon Rosenbloom, Vladimir Levitski and John Simms.