''The most all-round artist who presents herself is a Dutch one. Her name is Celia Swart, she is in her mid-20s and is working as a jazz saxophonist, classical composer, photographer, filmmaker and creator of graphic work.'' - Volkskrant

Celia Swart (1994, NL) is a saxophone player and a new music composer.

Growing up playing saxophone and piano, she found her love for composing. In 2018 Celia completed her bachelor degree in composition at the Royal conservatory in The Hague (NL), where she has studied with Yannis Kyriakides, Guus Janssen, Peter Adriaansz and Diderik Wagenaar.

In the past years she has written compositions for orchestras like the Residentie Orchestra and Ricciotti Ensemble and ensembles like Nieuw Ensemble, Herz Ensemble and Kluster5. She also plays and writes music for her own modern jazz group SWART, who released their debut album Lost In in October 2018.

Her music has been played at venues and festivals like Bang on a Can Loud Weekend (USA), Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Bimhuis, TivoliVredenburg and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK) and is broadcasted on radio and TV like NPO Radio4, BBC Radio3 (UK) and NPO1 Vrije Geluiden.

In her music are narrative- and film influences important parts, and she also creates multi-media works with visuals of her illustrations and stop-motion animation.

In 2018 she was nominated for the Tera de Marez Oyens Award for her composition Boven Hoge Gebouwen, which was written for Kluster5 and in 2019 she is nominated for the International Rostrum of Composers 2019 (Argentina).


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