2015 Collaborative Pianists Andrea Swan and Elizabeth DeMio
ANDREA SWAN is a Chicago-area chamber musician, collaborative pianist, orchestral player, soloist and teacher. She is the principal keyboard player with the Grant Park Music Festival and plays regularly in the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra. She also accompanies instrumentalists in their final auditions for positions in the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera Orchestras and has served as the official accompanist for numerous music festivals and competitions around the United States, including the Stulberg International String Competition. Ms. Swan performs regularly with two piano trios, the Evanston Chamber Ensemble (now in its 36th season) and the Pressenda Trio. She appears frequently on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music series and performs annually at Northwestern University’s Winter Chamber Music Festival. As a collaborative pianist, she has performed with many artists locally, throughout the United States and on tours to the Far East. In addition, she premiered many new solo and chamber music compositions while she was the pianist for the University of Chicago’s Contemporary Chamber Players and the Fulcrum Point New Music Project. She maintains a large private class of adult piano students.
Ms. Swan holds degrees from Oberlin College and Indiana University. Her mentors include Jack Radunsky, Gyorgy Sebok, Menahem Pressler, Josef Gingold and Janos Starker.
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.