Abby Swidler, Violin
Abby Swidler is a violinist, violist, and vocalist from Missoula, MT. She is a classical musician, songwriter, composer, improvisor, and passionate collaborator. She is currently involved in a diverse variety of collaborative musical projects. Highlights include Phoenix, Boston’s innovative orchestra; Tredici Bacci, NYC’s Ennio Morricone inspired Italian Pop band; and Harvard Baroque Ensemble. She released her first self-titled EP of songs in May of 2015.
As a songwriter and composer, Abby’s music is filled with vivid imagery and striking melodies. Described as “astonishingly subtle” by Boston’s Trill Picks, She explores timbres, dissonance, and unique instrumentations. She was an Artist in Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts in November, 2014. Her piece for solo performer on cello and voice, “Vesper”, was premiered in March 2015, in Lucerne, Switzerland, at the Klangbad Festival. Spring of 2016 she composed and recorded the score for the film Butte Bangs by NYC based filmmaker, Jeff Verlanic.
She has performed across North America, South America, Central America, and Europe. Highlights include touring with Mirah and Jherek Bischoff (2016), a feature performance at Boston’s Times Two Series (2015), teaching at the Panama Jazz festival (2014), playing with Boston’s Discovery Ensemble Orchestra (2011-14), performing and recording with Rabbit Rabbit Radio (2013), and performing with the California Guitar Trio (2012). She was a finalist in the 2011 John Lennon Scholarship Contest.
She graduated with a B.M. in Violin Performance from Eastman School of Music and an M.M. in Contemporary Improvisation from the New England Conservatory. She currently teaches private lessons and songwriting at the New England Conservatory’s preparatory department and frequently performs in Boston, NYC, and beyond!