2012 Accompanists are Andrea Swan and Elizabeth DeMio
ANDREA SWAN is a well-known chamber musician, collaborative pianist, orchestral pianist, soloist
and teacher in the Chicago area. She is the principal keyboard player with the Grant Park Music Festival and plays regularly in the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. She acts as an accompanist for instrumentalists in their final auditions for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Orchestra and serves as the official accompanist for many local and national competitions, including the Stulberg International String Competition. Ms. Swan performs with two piano trios, the Evanston Chamber Ensemble (celebrating its 32nd season) and the Pressenda Trio, as well as with other notable chamber groups, including the Rembrandt Chamber Players and the Vermeer Quartet. She appears frequently on the Chicago Symphony chamber music series at Symphony Center in Chicago, on live WFMT radio broadcasts and performs annually at Winterfest, a chamber series at Northwestern University. Her recital collaborations have included performances with Lynn Harrell, Gil Shaham, Jennifer Koh and Ilya Kaler, among others. Throughout her career, she has premiered many 20th century solo and chamber music compositions with the Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago and the Fulcrum New Music Project of Chicago.
Ms. Swan studied with Jack Radunsky as a Bezazian scholarship recipient at Oberlin College, and with Gyorgy Sebok and Menahem Pressler at Indiana University, where she earned a Master of Music degree with highest distinction and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate.
ELIZABETH DEMIO is a well-known collaborative pianist, recitalist and soloist in the Cleveland area. Besides appearing in over 100 concerts annually with local aspiring musicians, she has appeared frequently with soloists such as David Riquiro, Massimo La Rosa, Randolph Kelly, John Mack, John Clouser, Umberto Clerici, the Cavani Quartet and has appeared in tours and given master classes in several cities in the U.S., Korea and Mexico.
On 2008 she was the pianist for two finalists in the Naumberg International Cello Competition, resulting in her Carnegie Hall debut and subsequent U. S. tour with first place winner David Requiro. She performs often as a soloist with the Trinty Cathedreal Chamber Orchestra, having performed twenty Mozart concerti and the five Beethoven concerti as well as Schumann, Mendelssohm, Ravel and others. She has also appeared as soloist for the Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz and the Orquesta de la UNAM in Mexico.
As a recording artist she can be heard on the Crystal, Yaffe and Azica labels, most recently with the debut album with David Requiro, a CD with works by Bernard Garfield with John Clouser as soloist, and with trombonist Massimo La Rosa on the CD entitled Cantando. DeMio is on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in the collaborative piano department, as well as the staff of the Encore School for Strings, the Stulberg International String Competition, and the John Mack Oboe Camp. She holds degrees from CIM and the University of Michigan. Her teachers have included Vitya Vronsky and Theodore Lettvin.