“Jorn is a musician of great sensibility, with a very inventive mind. He will surprise us, I’m sure, and so will his music.” - Jean-Michel Pilc
Jorn Swart (1987) is a spirited up-and-coming jazz pianist, composer, and arranger,
currently living and performing in New York City. His refined playing and touching
compositions already gained him much international and national recognition. His debut
album, “A Day in the Life of Boriz”, featuring some of New York’s most thrilling and
fearless jazz musicians, will be released in Spring 2013.
After a falling-out with Dutch folk music, Jorn put down his accordion and picked up the
piano with the passion that only an angst-ridden 15-year-old could have. Three years later
he plunged into jazz studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, graduating in 2010.
Fortified with a Fulbright grant, Huygens scholarship, and a fund from the Prins Bernhard
Cultuurfonds, Jorn soared on to continue his education in New York City. There, he studied
with David Berkman, Johannes Weidenmueller, Sophia Rossof, and Jean-Michel Pilc.
Throughout his Master’s he continued to stand out artistically, in 2011 being one of the 20
musicians from around the world to be selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency
in Washington, D.C. That same year he was the winner of the Sir Roland Hanna Award, a
yearly award presented to an excelling jazz pianist.
In Europe, he has performed with musicians such as Tineke Postma, Ben van Gelder,
Clemens van der Feen, Benjamin Herman, Jasper Blom and Joris Roelofs. During his time in
Amsterdam he founded and organized Gollem’s Jazz, Hannekes Jazz, and Jazz at Cafe Cox–
weekly music events that continue to enliven the jazz scene.
When he is not performing, Jorn engages in many other facets of musicianship through
composing, arranging and orchestrating, playing on numerous recordings, and teaching.
As a musician who values engaging his audience, he starred in a short documentary about
young jazz musicians called “A New Generation of Jazz”. He has performed on Dutch radio
a number of times, sharing his music and insights, and blogs for the Dutch Radio 6,
reporting on life as a musician in New York City.