World champion previous piano participant performs in Pitt-Bradford | life-style

BRADFORD – Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center presents Adam Swanson, the four-time world champion of the ancient piano player, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bromley Family Theater of the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford

The concert is part of the celebrations over the weekend of the 150th Anniversary of Bradford Oil Field and the 50th Anniversary of the Penn Brad Museum. Details on the anniversary events can be found at

Tickets to the concert are only $ 15 and are available at, by calling 814-362-2522, or at the BCPAC ticket office at 119 Main St. in Bradford. Tickets will also be available at the box office. The doors open at 6.45 p.m.

Adam Swanson is one of the world’s foremost performers of classic American pop music, including ragtime, early jazz, the Great American Songbook, and more. He holds a bachelor’s degree in classical piano and a master’s degree in musicology from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Although only twenty-four years old, Adam was a noted performer and instructor at ragtime and jazz festivals in the United States, and he is the only four-time winner of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest.

In 2007 he performed with the late John Arpin at the Bohem Ragtime and Jazz Festival in the Republic of Hungary and also toured Switzerland. Swanson made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 19, performing with multi-platinum artist Michael Feinstein. He played at the renowned Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and privately for the famous Disney / Hollywood composer Richard M. Sherman. In 2013 Adam made his first appearance on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington, DC

Swanson enjoys working with other musicians and has recorded albums with pianist Frederick Hodges, former star Ian Whitcomb and legendary 1950s recording artist Johnny Maddox who is one of Swanson’s greatest influences. Adam’s recordings were used on the CBC TV show “Murdoch Mysteries”. He performs every summer at the Diamond Belle Saloon in the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, where he is the musical director of the new Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival.

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