Angela Schwickert puts forth a dramatic collection of songs featuring piano ballads which are grand in scale, monumental in sound, and Herculean in ambition.

 Aggressive and lively, but with awareness of her own hypnotic melodies, Angela Schwickert delivers this jaw-dropping virtuoso piano performance with skill and poise.

 Deft piano work makes every song a unique contribution to the canon of piano music, transporting listeners to places of the fantastic and sublime.  

Akademia Music Awards

 Angela Schwickert, composer-pianist, has committed her life to the arts. A prolific songwriter, she has composed work for a wide range of ensembles, and her music has been performed in Europe and in the United States. Her album, Follow My Piano Music, was released to wide acclaim in 2014. In addition to her successful collaborations with visual artists Ari Lankin and Tina Nyenhuis, she also composed the score for The Ariadne Songs, with a libretto by the poet-dramatist Carey Scott Wilkerson. This major new work had its world premiere in December of 2015 at Stony Brook University in New York. A new, larger production was played in October 2016 at Columbus State University’s River Center for the Performing Arts, just outside Atlanta. This operetta, theatre piece , The Ariadne Songs, will be produced  in Frankfurt with the Junge Oper Rhein- Main in  January 2018. She is also the composer of the new opera The Rescue, libretto Carey Scott Wilkerson, a retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. Audiences and critics alike have praised her music's compelling fusion of virtuosity, wit, and lyricism. She holds a Master's degree in Music and Piano Performance from Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, is a finalist in the GreatAmerican Song Contest in 2015, a finalist in the SongDoor International Songwriting Competition 2016, and Winner of the Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles 2016.

She lives in Wiesbaden and New York with her husband and two sons.                                                                                 

 

Angela Schwickert, Pianistin und Komponistin, hat ihr Leben ganz der Kunst verschrieben. Als profilierte Songwriterin hat sie Musik für eine große Bandbreite von Ensembles geschrieben und ihre Musik wird in Europa wie auch in den USA gespielt. Ihr Album "Follow My Piano Music", wurde im Jahr 2014 veröffentlicht und erhielt viel Anerkennung. Abgesehen von ihrer erfolgreichen Zusammenarbeit mit den bildenden Künstlern Ari Lankin vom Guggenheim Museum in New York und Tina Nyenhuis, hat sie basierend auf dem Libretto des Dramatiker-Poeten Carey Scott Wilkerson, USA, auch die Musik für The Ariadne Songs komponiert. Diese neue Arbeit wurde im Dezember 2015 an der Stony Brook Universität in New York welturaufgeführt. Eine neue, umfangreichere Produktion wurde im Oktober 2016 im Columbus State University’s River Center for the Performing Arts, etwas außerhalb von Atlanta, gespielt. Diese Operetta, Theaterstück, The Ariadne Songs, wird am 27.1.2018  von der Jungen Oper Rhein Main im Clara Schumann Saal in Frankfurt gespielt werden. Am 11.11.2017 wird im Konzertsaal der Wiesbadener Casino Gesellschaft ein kammermusikalisches Rendezvous mit Angela Schwickert, ihrer Musik und ihren Gästen stattfinden. Publikum und Kritiker rühmen gleichermaßen ihre musikalisch überzeugende Mischung aus Virtuosität, Witz und Poesie. Angela Schwickert legte ihr Masters Degree in Music and Piano Performance  an der Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz ab, ist Finalistin im Great American Song Contest 2015, Finalistin in the Songdoor International Songwriting Competition 2016 und Gewinnerin der Akademia Music Awards in Los Angeles 2016. Sie lebt mit ihrem Mann und den beiden Söhnen in Wiesbaden und New York.

 








The Ariadne Songs in Stony Brook, New York



Carey Scott Wilkerson, poet and dramatist, is author of two poetry collections, Threading Stone and Ars Minotaurica. In 2013, his play, Seven Dreams of Falling, premiered to national acclaim in Los Angeles and is published by Black Box Press. He is author of the libretto for The Ariadne Songs, a collaboration with the composer Angela Schwickert. His plays, Ariadne in Exile and The Lydian Mode are published, respectively, by Negative Capability Press and Otoliths. He has twice received a Writing Fellowship from the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts and has been a Visiting Writer at Clayton State University, the University of South Alabama, and the University of Mississippi. He is editor of an anthology of Georgia poetry, to be published by Negative Capability Press in 2015. He holds a BA and an MA from Auburn University and an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. He teaches at Columbus State University.

 

Follow My Piano Music