Cellist Nicky Swett regularly plays throughout the Chicago area. For the 2017-2018 season, he will be performing with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as a Civic Engagement Fellow. Recently, he has served as principal cellist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and of Northwestern University’s Opera Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. He also performs and records with his brother, double bassist Willie Swett, in duo VC/CB.
Nicky loves giving lecture-recitals and providing audiences with non-traditional program notes that range from poetry to colorful diagrams to animations. His interactive concert/marathon of all of J.S. Bach’s Solo Cello Suites played in reverse, “Falling Bachwards,” received the Highest Honor in Research from Northwestern University’s Comparative Literature department. He was also selected to give lecture-recitals at Northwestern University’s 2016 Undergraduate Research Expo and at the Words in Transit translation conference in November, 2015. In summer of 2016, Nicky attended the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau where he was awarded the contemporary music prize his performances in the world premiers of “Speleology” by Vicente Atria-Hansen and “Words Without Songs” by Kenneth Lim. Other recent summer festivals include the Accademia Chigiana, the Royal Danish Music Academy Summer Session, and the Meadowmount School of Music.
He graduated from Northwestern in 2016 with a B.A. and M.A. in Comparative Literature and a B.M. in Cello Performance studying with Hans Jensen. His previous teachers include Deborah Park, Jennifer Jahn, and Daniella Bellavia. He plays on a 2011 Bernt-Dimbath cello.
Nicky Swett’s Civic Fellowship is sponsored by Mr. Jerry J. Critser.