Clive Swansbourne



Clive Swansbourne was born in England and educated at the Royal College of Music in London, and Yale School of Music where he received his Doctorate studying with Ward Davenny and Claude Frank. He has toured widely throughout the United States and has given critically acclaimed performances in most of the big cities and almost all the states. He has also played in Europe (Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium), and in Canada. He has appeared often on National Public Radio (including “Performance Today”) and on the BBC in England. He was a major prizewinner in the Maryland International Piano Competition and Concerts Atlantique International Music Competition.   

Swansbourne has an extensive performing repertoire both as soloist and collaborative pianist. He has given the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas four times, most recently in the Rothko Chapel, Houston. Other performances have included the Bach Goldberg Variations for the Philadelphia Bach Society, and the four Sonatas of Michael Tippett for the Cheltenham International Festival in England. 

He has given masterclasses and clinics at dozens of colleges and universities from coast to coast. In 2008 he performed a five-recital series of all of Schubert’s later works at the Rothko Chapel, and has recording them on CD for Swan Records. His website is

"Swansbourne’s readings often had the quality of passionate improvisations." New York Times

"Swansbourne’s playing was like a pool in the forest, of great mystery and beauty." Philadelphia Inquirer

"Complete artistic and musical sovereignty." Frankfurt Neue Presse