Born and raised in Sydney, Philip Swanton trained at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before pursuing postgraduate studies in historical keyboard instruments at the famous Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland.
Since then Philip has enjoyed an immensely successful career as a performer, recording artist and teacher in both hemispheres. Numerous concert appearances at major festivals and venues have taken him throughout Europe, across Australia and as far afield as Mexico. He has produced solo recordings for a number of leading European radio networks and recording labels (Motette, Pelca, Koch-Schwann) and has been heard nationwide in ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live broadcasts on several occasions. He has presented master classes and workshops for local and overseas music institutions and summer academies, has published articles in specialist journals and yearbooks and edited early keyboard music for the Stuttgart publishing house, Carus.
After living and working in Europe for 16 years, Philip returned to Australia in 1992 to take up a teaching appointment at Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney), where he has been Head of Organ Studies and principal organ lecturer for the last 15 years. He was also on the instrumental teaching staff of Sydney Grammar School (piano/harpsichord) from 1991-2013 and has been Senior Teacher in organ to the ACT Organ School, Canberra, since its founding in 2003.
Philip’s other great musical passion is the fortepiano. In a series of nine recitals between 1998 and 2000, he became the first Australian ever to publicly perform the complete keyboard sonatas of Joseph Haydn on harpsichord and fortepiano. On his CD,“Just for Pleasure” (Walsingham Classics), Philip directs the period-instrument ensemble Camerata Classica in a world-première recording of Six Fortepiano Trios (Op.13) by the 18th century German composer, Johann August Just.